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Biodynamic calendar

Sunday is the day for the our biodynamic calendar for the next seven days so you are able to find the right time to open your wine on the day when it will be at its best

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 – Leaf until 7.43 am then Fruit

Wednesday – Fruit

Thursday – Fruit until 8.05 pm then Root

Friday – Root

Saturday – Root

Sunday – Root until 5.55 am then 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 web 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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Vin, Julie, Eddie and Tracey enjoying the bubbly at Gratien and Meyer Saumur, Loire, France

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A great day out with our guests from Pom and Down Under. A trip into Saumur to sample the many delights of the local bubbly from the Saumur and Cremant de Loire Appellations. Gosh a wonderful experience. Added to that we even ventured to taste the Eau de Vie and other such loveliness at Combier, including the french tour with some english translation mixed in. Just ask me about Wormwood. They didn’t.  I know. It is used to make Absinthe at Combier. Clever boy that Grainger.

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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Medieval Fair at Montreuil Bellay in the Loire valley, France

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Our local town of Montreuil Bellay in the Loire valley France laid on its annual medieval fair all over the town with  stalls offering food and all sorts of other types of entertainment for the visitor.We enjoyed an evening at the Auberge des Isles restaurant with a special menu from medieval times. A goats cheese starter, pork in a filou pastry tart and a pear and chocolate sweet dessert..

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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Having a break at the Angers Wine Fair, Loire, France

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When you have been hard at work all day trying to sell your wares its nice to sit down with your fellow wine sellers in a wine fair and have a bite to eat and of course a glass of wine.

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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Grainger’s wine blog. The one and only wine blog for all you winos out there.

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 cabernet franc at 12% potential alcohol.

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My update on the 2015 vintage for you all. So we had a great June, July, August with loads of sun albeit with some cold nights which slowed the ripening of the berries. Normally with so much sun and warmth we would have seen a year like 2009 or 2010. We reached the end of August with only a potential alcohol of 10 to 11%. Then we had a damp period in September with cold and wet weather which slowed ripening and put a dampener on the vintage. Luckily the weather changed and over the last two weeks and the days have been sunny and warm so allowing more ripening albeit slowly due to cold nights with winds from the north and east direction. The sparkling harvest and the reds for the pink wines has been good and hopefully the same for the whites which have been picked this week at around 12 to 12.5%. We just need a little bit longer for the weather to stay fine so that the cabernet franc can be picked for the red wines. The berries are looking good. The skins are still not ripe and the pips still green. We need a little longer before the harvest. Fingers crossed.

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

gfwineblog – Simon’s scribbles

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Thanks mac for a great cartoon

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A scribble has not been penned for some time but I think its time I changed all that. Volkswagen has given us all a good example of what goes on in the world today. Big business operates  under the following criteria called The Big Fiddle

It fiddles the books

It fiddles the taxman

It fiddles the customer

Lets hope Jeremy Corbyn might do something about fiddling. So far Cameron and Osborne have done nothing much. Will Mr Corbyn be seduced by The Big Business lobbyists. Did I read somewhere it took 200 plus of them to convince the then government led by Mr Blair that diesel is clean (or at least cleaner than petrol). Isn’t he a wonderful man!!!!! How could he have got it all so wrong and that’s not the only thing he got  wrong. How could we have voted more than once for such a man ???? And to add insult to injury he’s now a multi millionaire. People why are we so gullible. I suppose we have no choice.

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 disease Esca on vines in the Loire valley

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French winemakers have demanded emergency funding to deal with an “incurable” grape disease which they fear could become as devastating as a 19th-century plague that almost destroyed the nation’s vineyards.

The fungal disease, esca, has infected 13 per cent of french vines this year, costing the industry more than €1 billion (£790 million).

It is transmitted by airborne fungi and the only known treatment, sodium arsenite, is banned because it is carcinogenic.

Once it is detected, vines have to be ripped up and burned. It stunts their growth and can cause them to wither and die rapidly.

Vineyard owners, many of whom were already struggling to make ends meet, are facing catastrophic extra costs because their yields have fallen drastically and they have been forced to plant new vines.

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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Paul, Moira, Phil, Karin, Jo, Dave and Sue in the pink at Manoir de Gourin

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Part of the joy of doing what we do is that we are able to meet our guests each week over dinner on the terrace (if the weather is warm as it is tonight). We talk about our lives.  each with a different  tale to tell. We learnt all about the going ons in Guernsey from our guests Phil and Jo. They are not part of the EU! Hey that sounds good can we join as well? Anyway as we speak the evening draws to a close and we move on to another day. Cheers.

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 intrepid eightsome with our winemaker in the vines of the Loire

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Is this not a picture that typifies what wine making is all about on the farming side. A vineyard with grass no less and no bare chemically enhanced soil. Our eight intrepid souls can experience what should be the norm with wine making. A vineyard without herbicides allowing the insects to enjoy the environment, the birds also and so on. This  vineyard is an organic one of chenin blanc a most wonderful variety so it is kept as naturally as possible without any harmful chemicals on the ground. You may not worry about it all. After all what is the fuss all about you ask? Well 80% of us die from what we have eaten over our lifespan. All the toxins and chemicals over our life time have developed in our bodies and the result is our demise. Play it natural as in wine and you might live a bit longer. is it not worth a punt?

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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