First week of April: after several days of sunny weather and summer-like temperatures, bud has occurred in most French vineyards. But morning frosts are back. Frost is a scourge that affects many wine-growing regions every year and can wipe out the future harvest. Several anti-frost techniques are used by winegrowers, which sometimes give amazing pictures, of stressful moments: we tell you about them in this article.
If you come to the Loire Valley and take a wine tour, you will inevitably notice small houses, proudly standing in the middle of the vineyards - sometimes abandoned and in ruins, unfortunately. Vineyard lodges are the witnesses of past times, of another way of life - that of the local winegrowers until the end of WWII. Do not hesitate to walk in the vineyard (the footpaths are public) to discover these charming little buildings -some of them remain open - when visiting the Loire Valley.
During winter 2021, I tested an Italian recipe that I really like and whose ingredients include wine: a risotto with red wine and red radicchio. A very simple recipe to make for a dish with balanced flavors, which will especially delight people who appreciate a little bitterness in their food. I cooked this risotto with a wine from La Valpolicella, in north-east Italy. This article is also the opportunity to talk about wine tourism and discover the exceptional wines produced in that area.
Did you know that certain days of the year honor grape varieties or types of wine? Riesling is thus celebrated on March 13th, Malbec on April 17th ... The 3rd Thursday of November is synonymous with the release of Beaujolais Nouveau and the 4th Friday ofJune is World Rosé Day (just at the beginning of summer, it couldn't have been better!) A good way to enhance these grape varieties and styles of wine, and to make the countries or regions that produce them better known.
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!