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The harvest is coming to an end for the plums. For the figs we have a second crop and the tomatoes continue to come. So many. Loads of toms for salads, roasting, bruschetta  and Arrabiata sauce for the winter. Delicious.

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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Grainger’s wine blog is gfwineblog.co.uk

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

An evening with guests at our local bistro Le Puy a Vin in the lovely town of Puy Notre Dame. Its a fully organic place so both wine and food are organic. Ian, Daniel, Ruth and Mandy had all been on one of our wine tours so were very adept at choosing the wines. An Anjou blanc from Chateau Bois-Brincon and a Chinon Blanc both chenin grape wines of course. My choice a Cour-Cherverny from Touraine with its own grape variety Romorantin. It has an intense mineral taste not dissimilar to Chardonnay to which it is related.

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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Loire valley

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Grainger’s wine blog is gfwineblog.co.uk

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

An evening spent with 10 guests and friends at our local bistro. A delightful destination for a great meal and superb wine and all organic to boot.  Pascale runs Le Puy a Vin in Puy Notre Dame with her son Cami front of house. Its relaxed and ever so french. If you are in the area why not pop along for lunch Tuesday to Friday and Friday evening.

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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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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The gfwine motor in for a brush up and polish

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The firm’s motor has gone in for a brush up and polish. Well actually its an MOT and service. Her’s truly and moi sat in reception twiddling our fingers whilst she was given a clean bill of health. A four and a half hour stint which included some new shoes on the front and a new eye to let me know where we are going in the dark. Now we are off again for another year. She’s a great motor and does us proud and she was born in France.

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 revellers at Manoir de Gourin to see in the New Year

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A most enjoyable evening last night to welcome in the New Year with friends at Manoir de Gourin, Loire valley, France. Karin had prepared a lovely setting in the dining room for our pleasure and the lighting was provided by the candles around the room, on the table and in the chandelier, as seen in yesterday’s blog. It was most definitely a magnificent setting to welcome in the 2016 year. Some memorable wines were consumed through the evening with Karin’s Indian themed fare. We started with an old vintage white port as an aperitif. First course was a 2006 Chenin blanc from Saumur. Just enough complexity with a rounded mouth to counter the flavour of the samosas. For the main and cheese we polished off a magnum of 2011 Saumur rouge cabernet franc nicely structured, and finally the dessert with a monbazillac sweet tube. To welcome in the New Year a sparkling Saumur Brut mousseux rosé. Delicious.

Happy New Year to all our Blog fans. Keep logging on and liking us.

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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New Year’s celebration at Manoir de Gourin

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All ready and set to go for our New Year’s Eve celebrations at Manoir de Gourin in the Loire Valley. France for our guests to enjoy the fun and laughter leading up to midnight. Its going to be an unfrench night of curry with all the trimmings and some spanish wines. Never mind its only for one night them back to good old french food and 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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Simon and his friend picking up the bread order

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Walking the red carpet to order the bread from the boulanger in Saumur. We had a good chat about mending shoes! Its been a period of such lovely weather. 15C and dry. Enjoying the break from the toils of life. Looking forward to the New Year celebrations.

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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Le Pot de Lapin Saumur Loire valley France

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A light lunch of tapas and salad with a simple Touraine sauvignon blanc wine

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Today lunch at Le Pot de Lapin, Rue Rabelais, Saumur, Loire valley, France. A nice leisurely light lunch in a great local restaurant serving traditional french food or tapas dishes if it takes your fancy. We took a mixture of tapas and entree cured ham, calamari and a gourmand salad all washed down with a simple Touraine Sauvignon blanc. Not too intense just right for a light lunch. Superb. Great atmosphere and friendly host.

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 queue to checkin at Eurotunnel

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Eurotunnel first sign of trouble ahead

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Eurotunnel terminal car park

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Eurotunnel delay starting to add up.

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Eurotunnel Going round in circles

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The chronicles of Eurotunnel

A tale of woe on the Eurotunnel train from Folkestone to Calais on 20 December

9.00am We leave our BandB in Hythe

9.15am We hit the queue on the approach road to the checkin off the M20.

10.15am An hour later we get to the front of the queue and checkin. We are greeted with signs telling us that departure is disrupted. Told to go to the terminal building like loads of others

11.15am Told to proceed to passport control. Then sat in customs inspection bay for 15 minutes doing nothing

11.50am Join queue for train

12.15pm Board train no 1 in Folkestone

1.30pm Leave train no 1 in Folkestone and circle around the terminal

1.45pm join train no 2

2.15pm train no 2 leaves Folkestone some 4 hours late (the train we booked should have left at 10.20am)

2.53pm train no 2 arrives Calais

2.56pm (3.56pm French time) Leave train and start our 6 hour journey in France

10.00pm Arrive at our destination after 12 hours.

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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