It's summer time and the holidays are a good opportunity to discover new wine regions! This time I am taking you to a small vineyard whose popularity is rising: AOC Côte Roannaise, in the Loire department (42), is part of the Loire vineyard. Its wines are more and more present in wine shops and sought after by wine lovers. I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in the region at the beginning of the summer, and I was delighted by all that it has to offer.
Every spring, in May or June, you can probably see pictures of vine flowers posted on the social networks. It is because vine flowering is a real event for vinegrowers, as it gives them information about the future harvest dates. You'll find some explanations in this article, where we also discuss global warming and its impact on vinegrowing.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, slow tourism has become very popular. We feel in line with this kind of tourism, which can be defined as the art of travelling while taking one's time, favoring slow and low-polluting modes of transportation, meeting locals and enjoying local resources. In this article we explain why we feel our wine tours and wine tastings are part of this new way of travelling.
Every year, around mid-March, the professionals working in the tourist industry in the Loire Valley all meet to exchange. What do they exchange? You'll find the answer and more information in our article.
On February 4th 2022, I will host a "Wine and Vietnamese food" tasting. Before that, let's focus on Asian food and umami. Have you ever heard of this 5th flavor, which does not always have a positive effect on wines? It is not always easy to pair Asian dishes with wine. You'll find a few tips in this article but I suggest that you come and join us to test by yourself at the beginning of February 2022!
It's been a while since I published an article dedicated to wine travel abroad. That's because for almost two years now, Covid has severely limited our trips to foreign countries. In November 2021, I was lucky enough to spend a week in Naples and its region. Although wine tourism was not the main reason for this trip, I couldn't help taste some wines and marvel at the vine-growing landscapes by the seaside. Here is what you should expect when going to Campania.
Hilly landscapes, lots of old vines, rocky soils and in the end, fruity and light red wines: this is Beaujolais! A name that the French often associate with Beaujolais Nouveau, the new wine released on the 3rd Thursday of November. But Beaujolais is much more than that! Breathtaking vineyard landscapes, 10 crus... Here is an overview of what you could discover in the Beaujolais region if you ever get the chance to go there.
It's harvest time, it's grapes season! They are delicious fruit, which can also be used to dye old linen and clothes. This process allows to get pretty shades of purple. Our article explains the recipe and the different steps to get naturally-dyed fabric.
Autumn is back, and with it, the harvest season - grapes of course, but apples as well! This is the time to taste and bake a Loire Valley dessert: the winemaker's tart, originally from Chinon, is a light and crispy apple pie covered with wine jelly. I regularly serve it during the wine tastings and the picnics I organise in the vineyards. You will find it in many bakeries and pastry shops in Touraine.
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.