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Jeff, Helen, Norman, Karin, Helen, Chris and Megan enjoying dinner on the terrace at Manoir de Gourin, Loire, France

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Dinner on the terrace at Manoir de Gourin, Loire, France was enjoyed by all so much it extended well beyond midnight. Karin’s delicious food complimented by some great Loire wines from Saumur and Anjou. The local melons are finally ripe so the classic melon and local Vendee cured ham, Cod with an ensemble of vegetables from the potager in a lovely flavoured broth, Karin’s amazing tarte patissiere with a chocolate layer, atop with our garden blackcurrants and raspberries on a raspberry jelly with a local sweet wine Coteaux de Layon from the master of sweet wine Hubert Deffois at Chateau de Brossay. Wow a great evening.

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The assembled guests for the pink lunch at Domaine de L’Enchantoir, Loire, France

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It was unfortunate that the weather was somewhat unpredictable on Sunday ( like the EU referendum result ) so Pierre and Brigitte Van Den Boom at Domaine de L’Enchantoir decided to hold their Pink day in the reception room. Normally it is in the back garden or the vineyard and we have a BBQ but they decided that it was better to play safe and we all made merry inside instead. Never mind at least we managed a game of Boule in the courtyard after some lovely food and homemade entertainment (ie much singing).

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The Organic Wine Fair in Saumur, Loire valley

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If you are around next week on 28 and 29 November the organic win fair for the Saumur appellation is in its second year. Its being held again at the Salon de Vignerons at Domaine de la Bergere in Bagneux. If you drive from Saumur centre up the old roman road heading south up the hill its about three-quarters of the way up just off on the right. Organic wine is flourishing here in the Loire valley and the wine quality is improving every year so its worth seeing how progress is being made. I’ll see you there probably on Saturday.

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Mahjong Horticultural Society

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Here is the column from the Dagbladet reporter

Mahjonger – Dagbladet

October 29 2015

Six members of the renowned Mahjong Horticultural Society met yesterday in an atmosphere of keen competition. Having honed their senses on excellent chow Les Années Trente in Chinon the six made their way to Bellevue. One of the party, the one with the door key, was late returning. He said there was a prolonged traffic hold up in Chinon but, it is rumored, that a few hostelries had been frequented as he poodled his way back.

Round One: First out of the traps was Si Man one half of  Black Dogs ( note absence of partner Lawman) scoring the most rapid victory yet; blitzing his beautifully ordered tiles into a momentous final flourish. Was this to be a pointer for things to come?

Round Two: In contrast to the previous round, this was a long drawn out affair with no outcome in spite of Liz lll and Kar Girl of Pussy Cats, both bright eyed and bushy tailed, trying to blag their way to victory.

Round Three: Assisted by the black Labrador effect (Pepsi now contentedly full of cat food and purring gently) was taken by the Anglo-Swedish duo of Ha Kan Do/Roy Wyonder the Terrible Tiger Team (the tree T’s).

Round Four: The players, now husky from prolonged cheering, decided on taking a break for friandises and péttilant. After toasting absent friends with a full blooded Alsatian and wolfing down several packs of crisps the teams re-assembled. Si Man, with help from Elbow, deftly powered his way through a chicane of tiles to another victory. There followed a discussion about the cépage of Alsation sparkling with Pinot Gris and Riesling being touted as possibilities. Si Man pointed out it can be a mélange of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Auxerrois, Chardonnay, making it a bit of a mongrel.

Round Five: In a keenly fought game, the artifice of Si Man once again came to the fore and he outwitted his opponents with a hand of all pairs. There was some bitching from other players that this was not the declared intention of the round. But citing the Mahjong Pekingese Convention these protests were overruled.

Round Six: The start of the game showed Cath the Great ( deft of partner Magi Cian) surging ahead but she was dogged by bad luck as the tide suddenly turned and a few lucky pick-ups gave the game to  the Terrible Tigers duo of Ha Kan Do/Roy Wyonder .

Rounds Seven: Once again Si Man foxed the rest of the teams and played a round of perfection to surge ahead to his fourth victory.

Round Eight: Was there to be a sting in the tail? All pawsed for breath in anticipation of a great finale.  Like a whippet on crystal meth Si Man played a tour de force and hounded the other competitors to end the day with yet another victory ( a real stonker of a game).

The magisterial performance throughout of Si Man ‘the Schauzer’* Black Dog Grainger made him the 5-2-0-0 overall winner. Roundly cheered by all, the glorious founder lapped up the congratulations. There were a few inappropriate murmurings of the day being a restoration of male dominance but little heed was taken.

Asked by our reporter about why there had been such a quantum leap in his fortunes, Si Man explained that he normally has to play with an impediment but with the shackles off he felt more able to express himself freely.

Date for next play: 12.30 – 19 November; Lunch at L’ Escargot, Saumur followed by play at Le Manoir de Gourin

*THE SCHNAUZER – Smart, fearless, sometimes willful; spirited, but ever reliable.

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The Mahjong Horticultural Society October lunch

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We celebrate the Mahjong Horticultural Society October Luncheon in the beautiful historic town of Chinon at the restaurant Les Annees 30. It really is a lovely atmosphere and the food is extremely good and great value. Please go and support one of the local restaurants. We are raising a toast to absent members Lawman and Magi Cian who could not make it and were sadly missed especially by Cath the Great and Si Man.

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Eric and Ann Brigitte’s sister doing the doorman bit at the dinner.

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Hey one great evening last night at the red dinner except my contribution went down like a damp squid. We’ll give you some pics over the next few days.The Papa Stompers were terrific.

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the red dinner at Domaine de L’Enchantoir

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More news on the red dinner. K and I have been composing a ditty for the red dinner at Domaine de L’Enchantoir. Its about the story of Pierre and Brigitte . If you can help us to write the song we would appreciate your help. So far the story goes as follows: Welcome to Enchantoir and our range of wines we hope that you enjoy them and …………… Its been a long journey, since buying the domaine, Brigitte and I have been working our claim. We start in the winter amongst the vines pruning and shaping for next years wines. etc. If you have a good verse please let  us know.

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Les rouge du Roujou

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The red dinner at Domaine de l’Enchantoir fast approaches everyone so do not delay. We already have over 40 bookings and with only 60 places there is a need to book early. I met with Pierre and Brigitte the owners yesterday as I volunteered last year to organize the entertainment  during a rash moment. Anyway having taken on the mantle the evening is taking shape. We have a ghost story down in the caves after the aperitif which is all organised. I hope. Then at the dinner itself we have already the music in place with the jazz band Papa Stompers. They are good. I mean Good. With my french friend Jacques we will jointly be the masters of ceremony. There are four sketches between the dinner courses. I’m doing the first. Then we have a game and a vertical tasting of some of the domaine previous vintages with prizes  for the winners. Wow. Bring it on.

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Cheers.

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www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

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

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The red dinner at Domaine de l’Enchantoir

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The big day is rapidly approaching everyone. Saturday 19th September. The enormously popular Red Dinner at Domaine de L’Enchantoir in the Loire valley near Saumur. It really is an event not to be missed. This year the entertainment is shared between a great Jazz band called the Papa Stompers with the best washboard man on the planet. The other half of the entertainment is by some of the friends of Enchantoir who will be doing some turns and generally making the evening a fun event. We will start in the caves with an aperitif and a ghost story. Then everyone move up to the function room for the dinner and entertainment. If you would like to book your ticket then email Brigitte at domaine.enchantoir@gmail.com. It should not be missed.

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

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Thouars Wine Fair

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Next week all being well I shall  be winging my way down to the town of Thouars to the south of the loire valley. I’m not sure how else to describe it as a place. Never mind as the more important information is that there is a wine fair there at the Orangery in the old Chateau and there are normally, if past years are anything to go by, some jolly good estates vying for my attention. I will update you all with my news on the visit but if you happen to be around please let me know and I will obtain a ticket for the event for you of course. See you there all being well.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or 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

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

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Our blogs

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