A few dispatches from a bizarre little island off the north coast of France

You may have thought that the government of this bizarre island were convinced that they should get out of the EU. However, in July they will host a conference that seeks to persuade countries from the Western Balkans to join the EU. See below – you couldn't make it up! Here are some of the …

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Loire: increased frost protection – inc report from Chinon

Anti-frost wind turbine at Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil  Paulée Nantaise: October 2017 This April will be a particularly stressful month for many Loire producers: a third consecutive frost would be catastrophic for many growers who were hit by frost in both 2016 and 2017. Fortunately, the weather to date in 2018 has been cold, so bud break …

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Vous avez dit « food pairing »?

C'est ce qu'on appelle chez nous les accords vins & mets. Quoi qu'il en soit, la liste ci-dessous, éditée par Vine Pair pour le Thanksgiving, a de quoi faire réfléchir. Vous noterez qu'aucune appellation de vin n'est mentionnée - juste des cépages. Sauf le Muscadet - sans doute une erreur (ou bien parce que personne ne …

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Breton bees in red bonnets (Les Bonnets Rouges) invade InterLoire …..

Christmas appears to have come early at InterLoire's Tours office.... (Photo credit: Les Bonnets Rouges) On Friday 13th October around 5pm eight members of Les Bonnets Rouges interrupted business at the main offices of InterLoire in Tours. Claiming that Muscadet is a 'Vin Breton' (wine from Brittany) and not the Loire, they demanded that InterLoire should …

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Paulée Nantaise: a great initiative involving Muscadet producers and restaurants in Nantes

Paulée Nantaise, 26th,27th and 28th October 2017 Following two years – 2016 and 2017 – when severe April frosts have hit producers in the Pays Nantais, this is an excellent initiative involving domaines in the Pays Nantais and 30 restaurants in Nantes.  Each domaine involved has teamed up with a particular restaurant – see details …

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2017 harvest in Pays Nantais – first impressions

 Melon de Bourgogne @Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin  Still a little green – will be picked later this week  or early next week    We arrived in the Pays Nantais this morning after a night in a cheap hotel close to Saumur. It is clear that many producers were badly hit this year by the frosts at …

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Un blanc, un rosé et un rouge pour l’été

Trois cuvées venues de trois régions françaises éloignées. Rafraîchissantes, gourmandes et fruitées, elles se dégustent autant à l’apéro qu’au dîner. Commençons par l’Atlantique, avec le Muscadet 2014 du Château de Cléray. Un vin qui a fait un peu de cave pour nous offrir structure et caractère. Je propose de le mettre en carafe une bonne heure …

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