Archive for March 22, 2013

Loire Wine Tours France

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A great evening with our friends playing Mah jong. Have you ever played? Its a Chinese game played with 'Tiles' which are blocks made, in my case, of teak wood but normally with bamboo and bone or now with plastic. Its rather like playing cards but with tiles. Our friends were new to the game so it was fun teaching them to say 'Chow' or 'Pung' or 'Kung' when completing a set, and Mah jong when winning. Why not have a go yourself.

Our evening included a dinner of Rochefort chessecake with pear and vinigrette dressing as the starter with a Rully AOC red Pinot Noir just big enough to take the tartness. Main course was a chilli with rice and salsa. With this we followed the theme of Burgundy with a Mercurey AOC again just powerful enough. Cheese was followed by a panacotta with blackcurrant coulee from the potager last year. Yummy. With this we had our favourite sweet wine a Methode Ancestrale sparkling rosé. Very peachy and intense to counter the blackcurrant.

What a lovely evening.

Cheers.

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Wine tours Loire France

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Last Sunday we enjoyed an afternoon at Domaine de L'Enchantoir. Pierre and Brigitte van den Boom the owners had organised an event to promote their white wines. 'Tout en Blanc' The Saumur Blanc AOC with two different wines. The 'Chenin de Chavannes' cuvee aged in the concrete vats of the estate and the 'Madeleine' cuvee with 2 years of ageing in old oak barrels in the caves below the house. They also presented their white sparkling Saumur mousseux. The event was held in their function room with a french folk singer playing during a buffet lunch with dishes arranged to compliment the wines. So we had oysters and quiches with salads with the Saumur Blanc 'Chenin de Chavannes' and a range of different goats cheeses with the oak aged Cuvee 'Madeleine'. It was a great opportunity to try out the wines with our friends Jo and Alan who came along with us. They stayed in one of our gites a couple of years ago and are now buying a house in Loudun. Gordon and Nicki who are friends of Pierre and Brigitte are residents nearby so we had a chance to catch up on their news. Its been a wet winter here in France and Gordon's garden is underwater! We are better off and with a few dry days have managed to put in the potatoes in the potager.

Pierre's wines are available on our website www.gfwine.co.uk so why not try some. His white won him the accolade last year of representing the winemakers of the loire valley to the outside world. He really is a good winemaker.

Our wine tours during the summer are arranged with Pierre and Brigitte so there is an opportunity if you are coming over to France this year either staying with us or visiting nearby to join in one of our wine tours. They are such good fun and very informative.

A bientot.

Our websites

 http://www.loirewinetours.com/  Our wine tours

 http://www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/  Our self catering holidays

 http://www.gfwine.co.uk/   Our retail wine shop

 http://www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk/   Our wine club

 http://www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk/  Our wholesale wine shop

 http://www.thewinefinder.co.uk/   Our wine import portal

 

Our email addresses

 info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

 graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

 enquiries@gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

 enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

 enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

 http://www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk/  Our wine tours blog

 http://www.gfwineblog.co.uk/   Our wine blog

 www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog    Our gite holiday blog

France here we come

We are off to Manoir de Gourin tomorrow morning to start our preparations for all our guests who will be arriving over the summer months. We already have loads of bookings so if you would like to come along to join in our fun, informative and enjoyable wine tours then please log onto our website www.loirewinetours.com to see what we have to offer. Just email us with your enquiry and we will get back to you straight away.

We believe that it is important we take as much care of our guests as possible , particularly when it comes to the food and wine. Our menus are planned by Karin to allow us to use the fresh vegetables and fruits from our kitchen garden so our main task over the next two weeks is to start planting our vegetables and preparing the fruit trees ready for the summer. Our garden is organic and we only use our own garden compost and the mushroom compost from our local mushroom farm to fertilse the garden.

We look forward to seeing you at Manoir de Gourin.

Santé

Our websites

 http://www.loirewinetours.com/  Our wine tours

 http://www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/  Our self catering holidays

 http://www.gfwine.co.uk/   Our retail wine shop

 http://www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk/   Our wine club

 http://www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk/  Our wholesale wine shop

 http://www.thewinefinder.co.uk/   Our wine import portal

 

Our email addresses

 info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

 graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

 enquiries@gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

 enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

 enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

 http://www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk/  Our wine tours blog

 http://www.gfwineblog.co.uk/   Our wine blog

 www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog    Our gite holiday blog

Loire Wine Tours – our fresh fruit and veg

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With our summer season of wine tours rapidly approaching we are off over to France next weekend to prepare the kitchen garden ready to plant our vegetables for our wine tours guests. We source all our ingredients locally to Manoir de Gourin and Karin makes delicious recipes using our own vegetables and fruits from the 'potager' as  they call the kitchen garden in French. This year we will be growing potatoes which Karin uses in her gratin dishes and with warm salads, onions, beetroot which we have with a lovely Goat's cheese starter, fennel that can be used in salads and also sautéd as a main course vegetable, then we have haricot, broad and runner beans, spinach which we pick continuously throughout the summer for salads and cooked, three types of tomato 'Cerise Alongé' a small plum shaped tomato, 'Grappé, and 'Cornue des Andes' a south american pepper shaped tomato with loads of flavour that Karin uses for her special tomato sauce. Delicious. Our salad crops include rocket, Roma lettuce, long pepper, chilli, cucumber, and basil. Our fruits include strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, gooseberry, red currant, rhubarb, cherry, apple, pear, victoria plums and figs.

A real treat for our wine tours guests and also all our excess fruits and veg are given to our self catering holiday guests to enjoy.

Why not take a peak at our wine tour holidays at www.loirewinetours.com or give us a ring on 0044 (0) 1303226692 or email us at info@loirewinetours.com

Santé

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

Wine tours blog – Lets Go Wine Touring with Loire Wine Tours

guests in a champigny vineyard

There is no better place in the Loire valley to enjoy a memorable wine tour than at Loire Wine Tours.

We've been at it since 2008 and all you need to do is view our credentials and to check out our past guests reviews. They just love it. We make your time with us so absolutely fun and enjoyable. At Loire Wine Tours we know how to make your holiday the best you have ever had. Yes we have even had this comment made about our wine tours.

So get onto our website www.loirewinetours.com and choose a tour that suits your requirements. Why not do some tasting in the morning and take in the sights in the afternoon. Why not have a leisurely breakfast and then learn all about the Loire Valley wines with Simon in the wineroom at Manoir de Gourin. Tour the vineyards with Pierre the owner and winemaker in the afternoon. Why not have lunch with Richard the winemaker in Champigny where he will fill you with all the knowledge you need to know and more on wine making.

Such a lot of fun.

See you in the summer. Our 2013 tours are filling up  fast.

  Santé.

www.loirewinetours.com  Our wine tours

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk Our wine tours blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk Our wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.gfwineblog.co.uk Our wine  blog