The end of year is near, and the cool temperatures of winter are setting in. What better way to comfort ourselves than with the sweet flavors of gingerbread? I tested a recipe by French chef Julie Andrieu and was very happy with the result: the gingerbread was not too sweet and each of the spices used in the recipe can be identified when tasting the gingerbread, which is very soft, due to some sweet wine used to soak the cake after baking it. Here is the full recipe. Enjoy!!
October 30 th 2020: a new period of lockdown has been decided by the French government, which means our wine tours and wine tastings scheduled over the next few weeks have to be canceled. Here are some some information about postponements and possible refunds. And about the online wine tastings that we are now affering, and the possibility of treating your loved ones by offering gift vouchers that can be ordered online.
Harvest 2020: the first grapes were cut on August 31st at the family winery, Vignoble Alain Robert. A very early date in the Loire Valley, where the harvest normally begins at the end of September. This article is meant to give you some explanations about the purpose and interest of hand harvest as opposed to machine harvest, and to share a beautiful video filmed by an American visitor who took part in one of our Loire Wine Tours at harvest time in September 2017.
Our Loire Wine Tours will gradually resume from Monday May 11th. The sSafety of our visitors during our visits and hygiene during our wine tastings have always been part of our priorities for the last 6 years. However we will implement even stricter measures during the weeks and months to come, so as to allow you to live a stressful and serene experience in the vineyard. More information in this article.
Cork stoppers can be collected and recycled to create decorative items. Here are some examples of DIY creations, simple to make, but nevertheless elegant enough to decorate different rooms of the house.
During lockdown, a lot of people keep themselves busy in the kitchen. Me first! It is such a pleasure to have the time to cook, to leaf through cookbooks and to list the ingredients I need, but also to compose with the food I have in my fridge and cupboards! Here is a recipe for almond and red fruit cake. A very simple recipe, which includes a little white wine, for a delicious cake. A nice surprise when it comes to tasting it!
Wild tulips in the vineyard of Vouvray, in the Loire Valley, are a protected species and a beautiful sight to discover every spring. More information in this article, published in a particular context...
As we face an unprecedented international context due to Coronavirus, we support the global effort made to prevent the spread of the virus and the decision taken by the French government to impose a general lockdown in our country. At the moment, we are consequently not able to provide our Loire Wine Tours. A few words about the situation, the cancellations and their consequences...
Friday, March 20th 2020 : our pruning workshop had to be cancelled, due to the confinement measures taken by the French government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It'll be for next year now! Meanwhile, here is an article with some explanations about why and how vines should be pruned.