Approaching Loire dates for your diary

Biotyfoule 21 vigneronnes et vignerons bio tourangeaux vous donnent rendez-vous dans le hall de la Mairie de Tours les samedi 24 et dimanche 25 novembre 2018 pour la 9e édition de Biotyfoule. Alors que les Français n'ont jamais été autant intéressés par les vins bio, cet événement sera l'occasion de découvrir qui se cache derrière …

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Is Beaujolais Nouveau dead as a dodo in UK? + a PS from Touraine

A dodo As Beaujolais Nouveau has featured in several posts over the past week on Les 5 du Vin I thought it worth commenting on how it is now doing in the UK. In the 1980s and into the early 1990s the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau was eagerly anticipated and made the national news. There …

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Cahors continues to impress me

Several articles on this blog have, over recent years, told about how several of us have been impressed by the wines of he south-western appellation of Cahors in France (all red so far, although producers can sell both white and rosé wines from this region under the lesser-known IGP Lot label). A recent, and quite …

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Various from Portugal & France

This week I present for your delectation a small collection of info bites – tapas or petiscos perhaps? Portugal Adegga Wine Market on Saturday 1st December 2018 – a date for your diary This year the winter Adegga Wine Market has a new venue at Armazém 16, Marvila, Lisboa with 70 Produtores Adegga, 500 Vinhos, 5 Chefs, …

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Beaujolais and Beaujolais Village Nouveaux 2018: some comments and a selection of wines

These wines will only be on sale later this week, as from Thursday to be exact. Beaujolais Nouveau is out of fashion? So who cares? Not I for one, as I abhor all things chosen for being "fashionable". Added to which, and more importantly, Beaujolais Nouveau (and its often superior neighbour, Beaujolais Villages Nouveau) can …

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Cazelles, la belle suite

Qu’est-ce qui attirent ces vignerons à rechercher la création d’un petit terroir? Vu de loin, le Minervois n’est pas des plus connus. Les vignerons eux-mêmes disent « galérer » pour vendre leur appellation dans les salons grand public.  Alors que l’amateur de vin se plaint d’un trop grand nombre d’appellations et d’une hiérarchie complexe, que gagne le …

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Vignobles & Signatures venture to London (part two)

My last week's post covered the Loire producers who were present at the first London tasting. This week covers those producers from other parts of France and whose wines I tasted and impressed me and, in the case of Roger Groult, his cider and Calvados. To make this tasting manageable producers were limited to showing …

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