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Lunch at Montreuil Bellay, Loire valley

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A lovely day on Sunday at Montreuil Bellay for the Antiques Fair which happens on the forst Sunday of each month. Lunch at Auberge des Isles down on the river outside in the warm weather.

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Cheers.

Our websites

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

Our blogs

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Why spend so much on nothing when we can use it on our public services

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Its a no brainer. We can’t currently balance the books and getting more and more into debt. Our public services are stretched too far and cannot cope. So lets take the best option and get out.

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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On 4 April we picked  our first asparagus from the potager at Manoir de Gourin. Ten minutes later we were eating it for lunch.  How fresh is that and the flavours were so incredibly intense. What an absolute pleasure and how lucky we are to be able to live with such pleasures here in the Loire valley.

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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Tasting wine in the Loire valley

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‘Pottering around’ when it comes to wine is a great experience but only when it relates to proper wine. By that I mean wine made by a real person who tends the vines, picks the grapes, makes the wine, ages the wine, bottles the wine and sells the wine. ie having total control over the process so that its can be only that one person who influences and dictates the end product. You can be guaranteed that its contains that which only the person who grew the grapes and made the wine says is in that bottle you open and drink. Pottering around with these wines is so rewarding (or not) because you get to understand all about the background to what you finally get to drink and that makes it all the more interesting.

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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Hubert our winemaker with guests

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Dry and warm. A super day for wine touring in the Loire valley today with our guests from the USA.They enjoyed the personal touch of our tour to meet some inspirational wine makers from the Loire Valley. Who could not wonder at the wines on offer from the Anjou and Saumur regions offered by our winemakers directly and tasted with our guests so that they get that unique insight into the mind of the person who actually makes that wine. You only get that from Loirewinetours.

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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So much for being in the EU folks. Whats it for? Certainly not to look after our steel industry

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With 40,000 jobs linked to the steel industry now on the brink, Cameron claims he doesn’t think nationalisation is the answer – but he’s only pretending that the decision is his.

As the European Commission made clear in January, ‘EU state aid rules do not allow public support for the rescue and restructuring of companies in difficulty in the steel sector’.

We can only untie our hands by leaving the EU, and if the unions don’t want Port Talbot to turn into a Welsh Detroit they need to start shouting this from the rooftops

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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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biodynamic calendar

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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. Our friend Liz lll suggested a monthly calendar at the beginning of the month so here we are.

Here’s our month for drinking wine based on the biodynamic calendar and also for your wellbeing, your garden and everything else about life. Go on you should try it. Wine can taste better on the right days and here is our guide to follow. Our wine website gives you some ideas on the wine to drink with the right food on the good days ie fruit and flower. Enjoy.

April Biodynamic calendar

1 Friday – Root  to 6.37pm then Flower

2 Saturday – Flower

3 Sunday  –  Flower  to 10.45pm Fruit

4 Monday – Leaf

5 Tuesday – Leaf to 11.46pm Root

6 Wednesday – Fruit

7 Thursday – Fruit to 11.11pm Root

8 Friday – Root

9 Saturday – Root to 10.59pm Flower

10 Sunday – Flower

11 Monday – Flower

12 Tuesday – Flower to 1.06am Leaf

13 Wednesday – Leaf

14 Thursday – Leaf to 6.52am Fruit

15 Friday – Fruit

16 Saturday – Fruit to 4.22pm Root

17 Sunday – Root

18 Monday – Root

19 Tuesday – Root to 4.23am Flower

20 Wednesday – Flower

21 Thursday – Flower to 5.17pm Leaf

22 Friday – Leaf

23 Saturday – Leaf

24 Sunday – Leaf to 5.46 am Fruit

25 Monday – Fruit

26 Tuesday – Fruit to 4.54pm Root

27 Wednesday – Root

28 Thursday – Root

29 Friday – Root to 1.46am Flower

30 Saturday – 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

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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Tursan AOC wine from the Cave Landais

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Red wine from the Tursan appellation has a delicate nose of red fruits and spices. The vines are grown on sands and gravels on an alkaline clay topsoil in the Landes area of South West France. The grapes are picked at full maturity and vinified over an 20 day masceration period during fermentation. The grape varieties that can be used in the appellation are Tannat with big tannins, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fer Servadou. The wine is normally aged in oak barrels to smooth out the tannins. It is best served with grilled meats and stews at a temperature of 15 to 16C. Buy only from 5 years old.

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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Is it not so easy or are we daft?

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While we remain a member of the EU, we must accept the EU negotiating trade deals and setting tariff rates on our behalf.

In many cases these tariffs work in the best interests of the EU but to the detriment of the UK. There is no clearer example of this than the tariffs placed on Chinese steel. The EU’s low tariffs effectively undermine an important UK industry and has put 15,000 jobs across the UK at risk. How about ensuring that all public financed projects use British steel.

If we left the EU we could impose our own tariffs like the USA does to protect domestic industries and encourage them to thrive. It’s definitely time for us to leave!

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 Fer servadou grape from the south west of France

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A new grape variety for me. Its called Fer Servadou.  A member of the Carmenet family, Fer Servadou is a late-ripening grape native to Southwest France. Its dark berries smell and taste rather like Cabernet Sauvignon. Its well-structured wines add depth and structure to a host of red blends across Southwest France, particularly in Saint Mont and Madiran. In Gaillac, this grape, known locally as Braucol, forms the basis for most AOP red wines. Fer Servadou performs solo in the increasingly fine wines of Marcillac, where it is known as Mansoï or Mansois. The word Fer is French for iron – a reference to the vine’s hard, iron-like wood stock.

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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