From the tree to the stave, discover the job of "merrandier" - a profession that is not very well-known, even to people working in the wine industry. In this article, we introduce the work of Merrain Camille Gauthier, a family company based in the Loire Valley that makes staves for coopers and winemakers.
Vines and wine in Vietnam? Yes, it is mainly produced around the city of Dalat, in the center of the country. It was in fact the French who introduced viticulture to this country at the end of the 19th century. Some figures and report of some Vietnamese wine tastings. Without claiming to be a specialist, of course! But you can also do wine tourism in Vietnam!
Have you ever hear of sexual confusion? An expression and a process that often make our visitors smile during our Loire Wine Tours. It is a method used by winegrowers to protect their vines and grapes from two parasites. Some information in this article, and even more on your next visit in the vineyard!
A need to take stock of our website and social media is at the origin of 2 new encounters. Adeline has been working for us since the end of March. She lives near Vierzon, where her family manages a business linked with wine... and with Vignoble Alain Robert! A profession that is little known, even to people of the wine industry. Do you want to know what it is? The answer is in the article! We also introduce you to Anaïs Kirmiz, founder of Atelier Rouge Carmin, a wine tourism consulting office.
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.