Nick Faith, 2018 Loire, Paris-Tours highlights Vouvray

Au revoir Nick 2005 – Nick Faith receiving the 2004 André Simon Drinks Book Award  The eminent journalist and writer, Nick Faith, died on Wednesday 26th September at the age of 85. He was born in London on 6th July 1933. I was privileged to get to know Nick when he joined the Circle of …

Lire la suite de Nick Faith, 2018 Loire, Paris-Tours highlights Vouvray

Vouvray, la suite

En complément de l'article publié cet été, voici un commentaire de dégustation à propos d'un Vouvray demi-sec dégusté cette semaine, le Château de Valmer 2016. Pour l’amateur de jardins, le Château de Valmer, c’est d’abord un magnifique parc sur 8 niveaux inspiré par la Renaissance italienne; comme un morceau de Toscane transporté sur les bords …

Lire la suite de Vouvray, la suite

In praise of (some) older wines

No doubt about it: people tend to drink their wines younger and younger. This trend does not preclude pleasure from these bottles, particularly since the whole wine production process has adapted to this major market demand, from the vineyard through to the preparation for bottling. I will mention a few of these improvements and interactions …

Lire la suite de In praise of (some) older wines

Expressions du Vouvray, côté bulles et côté sec

Pour voir les vignes, à Vouvray il faut monter sur le plateau; car on peut très bien traverser les villages de la vallée sans les voir. Ni savoir ce qui s'étend sous leurs ceps. Nous voici donc, fin avril, sur les hauteurs de Vernou-sur-Brenne, près du domaine Vincent Carême. L’occasion de se faire préciser les …

Lire la suite de Expressions du Vouvray, côté bulles et côté sec

Some recently enjoyed Loire bottles …..

  We opened the 2005 Mi-Pente, Bourgueil from Domaine de la Butte to welcome one of the new members of our French group. She had first visited us in the Cher Valley in 2005. her stay included a visit to Jacky Blot and she was very struck by Jacky's explanation of the terroirs of La …

Lire la suite de Some recently enjoyed Loire bottles …..

Looming diary dates: VitiLoire + Pinon PO

  VitiLoire @Tours: 26th and 27th May 2018     Vitiloire centres around the Boulevard Heurteloup and close to Tours central station This coming weekend sees VitiLoire in central Tours. This is the Loire’s biggest consumer Wine Fair with some 150 producers from throughout the Loire. It attracts thousands especially on a fine day and …

Lire la suite de Looming diary dates: VitiLoire + Pinon PO

2018 Loire Millésime – some thoughts on the second edition

The second edition of Loire Millésime was based in Blois and ran from Sunday 22nd to 25th April. In all some 70 journalists were invited from around the world with a strong contingent from North America.  Visits during this second edition naturally focused on appellations to the east of Tours – the various Touraine appellations, …

Lire la suite de 2018 Loire Millésime – some thoughts on the second edition