Archive for July 30, 2013

loirewinetoursblog – a romatic event

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We had such a romantic event last week with a proposal of marriage. Jon proposed to Sarah one evening in our back garden. Here is a pic of the happy couple at the very spot. Congratulations Jon and Sarah.

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

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loirewinetoursblog – more pics from the grand prix

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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

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

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loirewinetoursblog – a day at the races

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The annual Grand Prix Retro descended upon Puy Notre Dame on this the last weekend of July as usual and also as usual it was a day to remember and savour with some great racing around the street circuit of the old historic town. They tour the area on Saturday then race in the morning and afternoon on Sunday. Its real racing. They really do try. In the centre of the circuit around the Mairie is the pits where you are able to mingle with the competitors and their cars and motorbikes. Wow some amazing machinery. You can also indulge in a drink and enjoy some local food. Its a jolly good affair. Why not come along next year. You can book a week with us if you prefer to self cater at www.manoirdegourin.co.uk or why not come on a wine tour venture. www.loirewinetours.com. See you next year.

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www.gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk Our wine import portal

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loirewinetoursblog – mah jong

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Now who knows how to play Mah Jong? Not You? Well do not worry yourselves 'cos I do and its ever so easy. Its like playing cards. You know you collect runs and same until you win. What can be more simple. We had a rather jolly session with friends yesterday lasting all afternoon and into the evening.

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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

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loirewinetoursblog – our American friends

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From my blog yesterday I promised to show a photo of our visit to Enchantoir. The photo taken over lunch from left to right is of Karin, Brigitte, Ron, Mary and Pierre with yours truly taking the pic. It was an enjoyable lunch after our visit to the estate hosted by Pierre. Thank you Pierre and Brigitte for a memorable visit. Great wines.

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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

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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

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loirewinetoursblog – a day of discovery

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We welcomed Mary and Ron from Philadelphia for a one day wine tour yesterday. They were looking to explore the wines of the central Loire valley and so why not take them on a voyage of discovery through two of the most important village appellations in the Saumur area  Puy Notre Dame and Champigny. These are unique and important appellations founded on the terroir of  tuffeau and of place and on the passionate wine makers of these village appellations. So we were able to meet two of the best in each appellation. Pierre van den Boom the owner of Domaine de L'Enchantoir in Puy Notre Dame and Richard Desouche the estate manager of Chateau de Chaintres in Champigny. These men are different but the same. They are both passionate about the natural way of growing grapes and making wine but they each have an affinity towards their own appellations and the unique differences that each brings to the wine they make.

In the morning we took Mary and Ron to the domaine of Enchantoir. Here they were personally shown around the estate by Pierre. They were able to taste the full range of wines made on the estate including the Puy Notre Dame appellation in the classic and the oak aged cuveé. Pierre is the ambassador of this region for his wines and he has won many awards in the short time he has been making wines at Enchantoir. A remarkable feat considering he has only been making wine since 2008. He is someone with a natural ability.

After a four course lunch with Pierre and his wife Brigitte we were off to visit the estate of Chateau de Chaintres. Richard took us on a tour of the vineyard, wine room and cellars before he personally tasted his wines with Mary and Ron. Our photo is of Mary and Ron with Richard at Chaintres. We came away with some knowledge of the unique flavour of the wines of the central Loire and of the sense of place and philosophy of Loire valley winemakers.

 

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Our websites

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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

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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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loirewinetoursblog – super supper

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A toast to our dinner guests Gillian and Andrew and Rosie and Andy enjoying an aperitif on the rear terrace of Manoir de Gourin with Karin. We opened a bottle of sparkling red cabernet franc from Domaine de L'Enchantoir. Really creamy and fruity with a slight edge and just enough softness on the residual sugar to allow this wine to become a delightful aperitif. Our evenings are now warm so we sat out on the terrace for supper. Goats cheese starter with beetroot and lambs lettuce with a balsamic dressing, A pork stroganoff with rice and salad main course, cheese, and a fresh fruit crème partissiere with fresh blackcurrants from the potager all prepared by Karin. Wines served were Saumur rouge, Anjou Village, Cabernet d'Anjou.

A super evening.

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www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk Our wine import portal

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

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

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loirewinetoursblog – touring in paradise

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Well would you not think so if you could taste the best wines in the world. I may be bias but if you have never tasted natural wine then you have no idea the difference in flavour and taste on the palate. You really have to taste a wine made from the sugars and yeast naturally produced in the grape and then fermented and developed and aged in a natural way with no addition of chemicals to the wine. Branded manufactured wines you buy in the supermarket generally will have had all sorts of chemicals added during the wine making process as well as unfortunately those chemicals sprayed on the vines before the grapes are picked. Choose a natural wine. If you need to know what this is why not come on a wine tours with us to find out. Its a revelation. Honestly. log onto www.loirewinetours.com and learn more.

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Cheers.

Our websites

http://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

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www.gfwineblog.co.uk Our wine blog

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loirewinetoursblog – harvest time

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Its that time of year in France when the glut of harvest descends upon any gardener and in our case we have been inundated with so much from our modest potager here at Manoir de Gourin. Its amazing that from a slow start with the cold and wet weather we have, with some hot sunny days in the last month, now seen a multitude of crops ready for harvesting. Our raspberries have been amazing and continue to produce daily fresh pickings. We have just finished the cherries and these have been compoted for the season so our guests can enjoy our fruits throughout the summer for breakfast and in our dinner sweet courses. The blackcurrants have been really  plentiful and we continue picking. So far we have picked over 30 kilos and compoted, jammed, sauced, jellied, ice creamed, frozen and bottled. This is not just on the fruit front. We have haricot, runner and broad beans, and spinach. Finally our favourite tomatoes. Our cherry toms from the green house have produced well and now the grappe are starting in the garden. What all this means is that our wine tour guests can enjoy the fruits of our labour. We include our fresh produce in our lunches, picnics, suppers and wine tasting dinners. Why not join us at Manoir de Gourin on a wine tour and experience the pairing of natural wines with fresh produce in our menus. Yum Yum.

Wow and the taste is just so much better and healthier.

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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

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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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loirewinetoursblog – A lazy sunday

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How’s about a leisurely amble along the quai at Montsoreau when the antiques fair is on. Its the second Sunday of the month and its the best location for such an event. We parked to the west and  then  took a walk eastwards along the quai. Its quite a walk and on both sides you are able to view an absolute multitude of items for sale. We went up and then came down during the lunch time as we are always some time late in the morning before arriving so you get the stall holders having lunch amongst their wares. We bought a card table. Its traditional and opens up by folding over the top and pulling out the legs. Nothing grand or exceptional but for 40 euros what do you expect. We’ll do it up probably Karin will add her French flair and paint it from its current mahogany wood finish. We may use it for our Mah Jong evenings. Great. We also have an eye on an old 9th century copper bath for the bedroom. Lets see what we can barter.

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Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk Our self catering holidays

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

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

http://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