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loirewinetours – touring

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The joy of buying wine from www.gfwine.co.uk is the ability of being able to go back to the origin of the wine and meet the guy who actually grows the grapes and makes the wine. It really is an amazing opportunity to come over and tour the vineyard, wineroom and cellars and to then sit down with the man himself and to taste his wines with him. Its the ultimate opportunity. And so we have many of our customers who wish to do such a thing and come and meet the winemakers. If you are considering this for the summer you need to book quickly as our tours are filling up fast. Log onto www.loirewinetours.com and email us with your enquiry. We look forward to hearing from you.

Wine tours blog ing is fun with our wine tours blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine tours scene or something quite different you never know.

Cheers.

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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

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When you go wine touring in France there are all sorts of other interests you can get into like playing Maj jong. Have you ever played. Its great fun for four people. There were eight of us so we had two per team. The pic is of Karin and our friend Liz concentrating hard over the tiles. It was not really a wine tour but an excuse to pop over with friends to try some of Roy's wines. We tasted a Cremant de Loire. just OK.  Pouilly Fumé which was satisfactory but I found it a little lacking in intensity. Next a Chateauneuf du Pape. Again good but not quite at the top end. And finally a Lalande-de-Pomerol an appellation from Bordeaux on the right banks of the Gironne and Dordogne. The grape is mainly Merlot. A lovely wine with bags of smooth tannins. So there you are for a game of Maj jong you get to taste four very dfferent wines. Santé

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Wine tours blog ing is fun with our wine tours blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine tours scene or something quite different you never know.

Cheers.

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

Loirewinetoursblog – a celebration

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Well what an evening was had for Karin's big 60. It was meant to be a quiet celebration with Sal and John and Peter and Maggi. We were just having a leisurely drink on the front terrace when wafting over the evening air came the sound of a clarinet playing 'happy birthday' and around the corner of the front gates marched in Hakan playing his clarinet with Catharina, Liz and Roy, Pierre and Brigitte following along. What a lovely surprise. Thank you for making Karin's birthday so memorable. I had arranged for a cake from our local Boulangerie in Les Verchers. David the baker made a scrumptious number and the pic is of Karin with the cake and a bottle of 1953 Coteaux du Layon. She had a wail of a time well into the small hours and bang went the quiet evening! Other wines we enjoyed were three bottles of vintage champagne, a bottle of 2005 St Chinian, two bottles of 2007 Chinon rouge, a bottle 2005 Medoc, a bottle of 2008 Saumur blanc, a bottle of Rioja, and two bottles of Pierre's Saumur brut blanc. Wow.

Wine tours blog ing is fun with our wine tours blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine tours scene or something quite different you never know.

Cheers.

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

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

Loirewinetoursblog – boutique wineries

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Loirewinetoursblog is today highlighting the benefits of joining a wine tour to a boutique winery. The advantage is that you get to enjoy both the provenance of the product and the personal touch that you would not get from a commercially owned and run business. Loirewinetours takes guests on private tours to meet the owners and winemakers at boutique wineries in the Loire valley. Why not join us and experience the joys of lunching with the winemaker and touring the vineyard, wineroom and cellars and then tasting the wines produced by the estate from the picking of the grapes in the vineyard to the winemaking and finally to the bottling at the domaine. All this gives you the insight into the producing  a bottle of wine from vine to bottle. At the same time you are able to enjoy the sights of the Loire valley The playground of the kings of France. The chateaux are stunning and full of history. Come and join us at Loirewinetours. Visit www.loirewinetours.com to find out what we have to offer our guests.

See you soon.

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Our holiday website and blog

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Our wine websites

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

 

loirewinetoursblog – sparkling wine houses

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Loirewinetoursblog today highlights the joy of wine touring in the Loire valley. Yesterday we had a great day out and we experienced the fun of touring the caves of a sparkling wine house in Saumur on the river Loire in France and thereafter enjoying the tasting of the sparkling wines. Gratien and Meyer provide a great location overlooking the Loire river. It sits high on the limestone escarpment on the south bank of the river with views over the river to the north.On a lovely sunny day you may linger on the terrace and take in the views with a glass of sparkling wine.

Gratien and Meyer make both the local sparkling appellation Saumur with a white brut, dry and demi-sec, and the Loire sparkling of Cremant de Loire with white and rosé wines in brut. They have a wide selection of wines to taste so there should be one to suit any palate. Mine is the Saumur brut blanc.

The cave visit is a chance to look back into the past to see how they made the sparkling wines and the methods used in the 19th century. The tours are in English and are very informative.

Why not come along on one of our one day wine tours and take in the atmosphere of the Loire valley and its people. It is so much fun. Log onto our website www.loirewinetours.com and take a look at the reviews from past guests. They all had a great time here in the Loire and so will you.

See you soon.

Our wine tour website and blog

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Our holiday website and blog

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Our wine websites

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

Loirewinetoursblog – wine tours from Paris

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Our loirewinetoursblog today is about our tour with April and Sam who arrived for a day tour from Paris. We took in the majestic chateau of Brissac with its very unusual half demolished/half built facade. The old round towers remaining attached to the new straight elegant facade which punctures the towers. Most unique. The internal rooms are worth viewing including the theatre on the second floor. Of course they had to taste the chateau wines Anjou Village Brissac, Cabernet d'Anjou and Rose d'Anjou medium pinks. April enjoyed the pinks and Sam the red. We then travelled to Saumur country and took lunch at the small but perfectly formed (in terms of wine making) Domaine de l'Enchantoir with winemaker Pierre and his wife Brigitte. Brigitte was able to match their great selection of wines with Karin's lovely lunch of pate and chacuterie starter (Saumur  rouge), Quiche (Saumur Blanc Cuvee Madeleine oaked aged), Chicken and couscous (Saumur Puy Notre Dame), Goats cheeses ( Saumur Blanc), Lemon Tart (Saumur mousseux blanc). The most amazing lemon tart made by Karin to Brigitte's recipe. What a combination. Even Pierre nearly messed up by saying Karin's was better than Brigitte's. No more lemon tart for you Pierre!  Sam and April visited the vineyard and wineroom before we headed out to Montreuil Bellay and views of the chateau and then onwards to Saumur for a private tour of the caves to see how the sparkling wine was made in times gone by and then a mammoth tasting of all the sparkling wines and even some still wines before heading back to Angers for the 18.36 back to Paris. I think the count was 30 wines tasted. WOW.

A great day in the Loire valley just scratching the surface of a beautiful part of France with some great wines. Thanks to April and Sam and Pierre and Brigitte for some wonderful memories. Your good health. Safe journey back to Sam and April and hope to see you both again. Cheers.

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Our wine websites

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

 

 

 

 

 

Loirewinetoursblog – One day tour from Paris

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Loirewinetoursblog today celebrates our first wine tour from Paris this season. We will be taking our American guests on a tour of the Anjou and Saumur areas with some sightseeing in between so they will have a great experience of the Loire valley whilst in France. They will be meeting the winemaker and taking in the estate vineyards, wineroom and cellars before tasting the wines over lunch with the winemaker and his wife. This will give them the opportunity of discussing the wines with the winemaker and matching the wines with the food. We will be tasting the Saumur Rouge, Saumur Blanc, Saumur Puy Notre Dame, Cabernet d'Anjou and Saumur mousseux. How about that then. A great opportunity of taking in the wines of the Loire valley.

Cheers.

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

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

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

loirewinetoursblog – Local wines

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Our loirewinetoursblog today is about the local wines. We are lucky as we sit right on the boundary of the Anjou and Saumur main appellations. So to our west in the Anjou appellation of heavy deep top soils with hard rock boulders of schists and slate. To our east you see the ground rising towards the pretty town of Puy Notre Dame. Very historical and a place of much interest which could be the subject of our following blog. This rise to the east heralds the bedrock turning up to the surface as we head towards the east. This bedrock is pure limestone rock and it is at this junction that the appellation of Saumur starts. The influence is huge on its effect on the wines. They became minerally and decidedly more structured in their aromas and flavours of deep black fruits of cherry and blackcurrant in particular the Saumur Puy Notre Dame appellation with very deep compoted fruits. These are very special wines and it is only recently that the appellation was granted recognising the true effect of the soil on the vines, their grapes and ultimately the wine. Your privelege is to be able to taste these wines on one of our wine tours locally or from Paris on a one or two day tour. Please take a look at our website www.loirewinetours.com to see how you too can join us on a tasting tour into the heart of Saumur and Anjou. See you soon.

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We also sell wines to the UK and these are our contacts if you are interested.

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

Loirewinetoursblog – Paris day trips

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Check out our Loirewinetoursblog on our updates. Paris day trips.  Loire wine tours are now organising wine tours from Paris.This allows guests to travel from Paris in the morning and arrive in Angers at 9.30am to allow a full day of wine tours and visits to chateaux along the Loire valley. It takes only one and a half hours from Paris on the TGV. Wine tours are great fun and enjoying this with visits to some of the chateaux of the Loire at the same time with a private tour and full time guide allows you to make the most of a day to remember whilst holidaying in France. Let us and the train take the strain and whisk you from your Paris hotel to the majestic Loire valley and those majical loire valley chateaux coupled with the tasting of some of the worlds best wines. Please log onto our website www.loirewinetours.com or email us at info@loirewinetours.com to find out how you too can enjoy a day in the Loire valley. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Loirewinetours blog – our new season

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Our loirewinetoursblog today is all about our return to the country of good wine and food. France. Yes we are off to Manoir de Gourin tomorrow to prepare ourselves and the complex for our summer wine tours guests and self catering guests who start arriving at Manoir de Gourin at the end of April so lots to do before then. We are freshening up the gites with some painting and cleaning so they are bright and fresh for the season. We have been inundated with enquiries for wine tours through our website www.loirewinetours.com  and our self catering website www.manoirdegourin.co.uk and we are filling up fast. Its been manic with emails from all over the globe. We start next week with a tour from Paris for some American guests.

If you fancy a wine tour holiday or would like to book one of our stylish cottages please email us. For wine tours info@loirewinetours.com and for self catering holidays graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you.

The pic is of Karin munching on a burger at Canary Wharf. Can you guess why she was there? A bottle of bubbly for the first person to guess right.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene.

Cheers.

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

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