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Sparkling Wine

A big subject. Yes yes yes. Champagne is just about marketing. It doesn’t say anything about quality or provenance. And the method is the same. ie Methode Traditionelle. It says the name only and nothing else. France has an enormous range of sparkling wines and guess what champagne is just another sparkling area with a difficulty in meeting the demand from the gullible public who think champagne is top dog. Its definitely not. So watch out for champagne that might not be from champagne in terms of the grapes nor could it be real. There are plenty of forgeries about.

The sensible way is surely a sparkling wine of more substance that you can really taste with a provenance from a real passionate wine maker who grows his own grapes, makes the wine himself and bottles it at the domaine AND at a price that is less than half that of champagne. That makes sense in anybody’s book. So go to our website gfwine.co.uk  and select one of our brilliant sparklers. Sante. YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE NOW.

The Chenin Grape

You most probably have never heard of the Chenin Blanc grape. Surely Chardonnay and Sauvignon but not Chenin. And there’s the rub ‘cos you are missing out on the next big thing in white wine. CHENIN.  Now to drink Chenin you need to be buying your wine from the central Loire Valley in France because it’s the only real place where the grape is grown to make white wine and wow what a delicious wine it makes. The thing is it can be made into a wine for all palettes whatever your taste. So if you are a dry crisp wine fan then this is the wine for you. Likewise if you prefer an off dry tender wine then again the chenin will give you your fix.  Then if its a medium you hanker for no problem its available. It can even produce the most sublime sweet wines. Yes I know nobody likes sweet wines but what I can tell you is that when we have our guests in France for an evening soiree and we give them a sweet with their dessert  they go loopy. Well there we are. Robert today has ordered some to take back to the UK. Its also a great aperitif. Drink it cold. And finally Chenin makes the most fruity sparkling wine here in the Loire Valley. Forget £30 bottles of bland champagne. This stuff is cheaper and so much better. Full of zing and flavour.

So how do you grab your white wine made from the chenin grape. Easy just log onto www.gfwine.co.uk and select the white wines on offer. We provide details of the wine styles so you can select your particular style.  All our white wines are made from the chenin grape. IT’S THE NEXT THING TO ROCK AND ROLL. You need to be ahead of the game.

If you would like to learn more or arrange a tasting for you and your friends email simon at sgrainger@gfwine.co.uk.

Back in wine country

Our spring trip back to see our winemakers will soon be upon us. We’ll be travelling over on Sunday. Sunday is a good day to travel in Fance as lorries apart from essentials are not allowed on the motorways. Generally its quiet and an easier trip.

We will be visiting all our winemakers and catching up on progress of the 2010 vintage. Early signs are that this will also be a good year. That’s two years in a row and lucky for all you lovers of our Loire wines. Our crackers of 2009 are fast running out so bag a bargain on the website before we run dry. We’ll be tasting from the Vats and will report back via the blog over the next few weeks. We will be selecting the new wines for sale in the UK. Its hard work this wine tasting business!

We will also be meeting up with Philippe and Agnes Porche from Domaine de Rocheville to discuss the forthcoming London Interantional Wine Fair at Excel on 17-19 May. We will be on Stand G60/1J with Domaine de Rocheville so anyone in the trade who is coming please pop along to see us. There will be some of the new vintage to taste.

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