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2016 biodynamic calendar

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Here’s our week for drinking wine based on the biodynamic calendar. Go on you should try it. Wine can taste better on the right days and here is our guide to follow. We’ve given you some ideas on the wine to drink on the good days ie fruit and flower. Enjoy.

Monday – Leaf,  Tuesday – Fruit, Wednesday –  Fruit, Thursday – Fruit, Friday –  Root, Saturday –  Flower, Sunday – Flower.

Why not try a bottle from our stock at gfwine.co.uk.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

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www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

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Eating grapes for flavonoids

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Flavonoids have attracted attention for some time for their ability to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing the risk of conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Recent research shows that they may also help maintain a healthy weight, as well as boosting our sex lives.You men might like to know that flavonoid rich food were less likely to develop erectile dysfunction. Get that wine out guys.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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Fine dining with Charles Rouse in Cardiff

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The Gate in Roath Cardiff is hosting a romantic Valentine’s dinner by chef Charles Rouse. Here’s the recipe. Its a real molecular madness.

Menu – Molecular Madness

Amuse Bouche
Coriander fluid pearls suspended in warm Carrot fluid gel.
Smoked chicken consommé,
Served with thyme foam, Morrel mushroom dumpling, Onion crisp.
Sweet and sour duck
Balsamic marshmallow, fennel fluid gel, star anise & plum foam, smoked garlic pearls, cucumber & spring onion crisp.
Fruit Salad
Melon Fluid gel, Strawberry tagliatelle, Mango pearls, hy foamer marshmallow, Orange foam, peach & almond reverse spherification, champagne sorbet, black cherry powder.
Cheese and biscuits
Dehydrated goats cheese mousse, pickled walnut paste, quince gel, celery powder, grape panna cotta, malt biscuit.
Contact Charles Rouse at www.rouserengertcuisine.co.uk for tickets and news about the services they provide.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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Bernard Buffet

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Do you remember the  French expressionist painter Bernard Buffet. He painted in the period between the 1950’s to 1980’s and is  known for painting sad clowns amongst his many works. He was and still is a respected and well liked painter. Well he also invented a cocktail called the ‘Rencontre au sommel’ or ‘summit meeting’. It consisted of one part Cognac, one part Whisky, one part Cointreau and two parts Champagne. Try it.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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The quintessential cotsworld scene

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If you want to see a real life view of the Cotsworlds how about the pic above. We are motoring through the countrysde and thisis what you see.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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the biodynamic calendar from the loire

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Here’s our week for drinking wine based on the biodynamic calendar. Go on you should try it. Wine can taste better on the right days and here is our guide to follow. We’ve given you some ideas on the wine to drink on the good days ie fruit and flower. Don’t bother on root and leaf days. Enjoy.

The week’s good and bad drinking days. Monday 25th – Fruit, Tuesday 26th – Root, Wednesday 27th – Root, Thursday 28th – Flower, Friday 29th – Flower, Saturday 30th – Flower, Sunday 31st – Flower. So there’s plenty of opportunity to open a good bottle of wine from our range at gfwine.co.uk. Try our Anjou Village from Chateau de Brossay. A rich and rounded wine with notes of red fruits and black cherries. Great with lamb and Pork dishes and an Indian curry or any spicy dishes.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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The original Welsh Dragon

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It couldn’t fly or breath fire and lacks vivid red scales but at around 200 million years old, this dinosaur can definitely lay claim to being the original Welsh dragon. It was discovered on a beach in Penarth South Wales. The dragon has been named Dracorapture Hanigani after the brothers who discovered the fossil on the beach in 2014.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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The right mix of bacteria is good for you

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Its a bit of a subject but wine plays a part so that’s why i am blogging about it. Gut bacteria known as the microbiome influences your risk of many health problems from heart disease to diabetes. The mix of our gut bacteria is essential for digestion and produce vitamins. Moderate amounts of alcohol boost bacteria diversity and that’s good. Red wine contains 100 chemicals that microbes feed off. So keep on drinking red wine folks as its good for you.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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Government consumption guidleines

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What do the new drinking guidelines mean for the wine industry?

Sorry I’m slow on the uptake. What new guidelines?

Yes, you do really need to keep up. The Government’s Chief Medical Advisor, and her band of not so merry advisors, have issued new guidelines that claim any amount of alcohol is dangerous. But if we are to risk life and limb by imbibing then both men and women are warned 14 units a week will just about save them from an early grave.

Was the drinks industry not consulted? Sounds like it’s not been thought through?

Good to see you’re waking up. Frankly it’s a mess and the Department of Health has got a lot of egg on its face. Firstly, don’t panic. Despite the Chief Medical Officer claiming the new guidelines were effective immediately, they’re not. Nothing can realistically happen until April 1. That is when the consultation period with interested parties, including the drinks industry, finishes.

What is the industry doing about it?

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has written to the Department of Health to get clarity on three key areas: how and when it wants the new guidelines implemented by the industry: whether the advice given will be a daily or weekly measure; and what evidence based research were the new guidelines based upon.

Do we need to take bottles off the shelf with the old guidelines on them?

No. Remember these health warnings are voluntary. If the drinks industry does not believe the new guidelines are credible, or factually correct, it’s not legally obliged to include them on its packaging. It looks like the industry will be scientifically deconstructing and challenging the viability of the new guidelines, so expect nothing to change in the short or medium term.

But with such draconian new drinking guidelines surely the Chancellor will have to put up duty in the Budget?

Not at all. As the WSTA says the two issues are completely separate and the Treasury is influenced about what is right for the Exchequer not the Department of Health.

The WSTA believes it is more likely to be influenced by the fact wine has contributed £81m in extra revenues (up 4.4%) to the Treasury since duty was frozen in the 2015 Budget and revenues from spirits are up £93m (up 7%) following its 2% cut.

The Prime Minister has also already dismissed allegations of running a nanny state. “This Tory is not a nanny.”

We’ll soon see.

Cheers

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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The butcher at Andrews in Marlborough cutting our steaks

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I was sauntering along the High Street in Marlborough yesterday and came across the local butchers shop. Outside was a notice that they won an award for the best sirloin steaks in the UK in 2015. So what do I have to do but pop in and buy some. Four lovely slices for the family on Friday night. I will pop into our local greengrocers and buy some local Maris Pipers to make my own chips or at least my own version. I suppose more like wedges boiled and then cooked in the oven with a little oil so nice and crispy. I’ll make a nice reduction sauce from red wine. Now the next thing is what to drink with these lovely steaks?  our wine website will give you some ideas. My current personal favourite is the 2011 Saumur Rouge classic from Domaine de L’Enchantoir. It has that structure which fits perfectly with the red meat and sauce.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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