It’s not about the wine! Postcard from Loire, France


Our travels renewed, some will be pleased to hear, as we arrive at Fontevraud L'Abbeye for a few days. The fact that the whole area is filled with plantings of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is a complete coincidence as we only come here so Dr C can spend every day shopping in … Continue reading It’s not about the wine! Postcard from Loire, France

Cremant, Next big thing in Sparkling Wine?


Champagne and Prosecco might be the dominant markets for fizzy wine globally at present, but a moments thought should lead you to discover another sparkling wine type ..... Cremant. This is the generic name for wines made in France that are not permitted to use the name Champagne, simply because they are not from that … Continue reading Cremant, Next big thing in Sparkling Wine?

Saturday is Chenin Blanc day!


Saturday is another international wine tasting day ..... for Chenin Blanc. So what will you be drinking, a South African varietal or a village wine like Savennieres from the Loire Valley? Mine’s a Savennieres, bought on our wine travels at the Bourgeuil wine festival in 2015 where I also shared a large glass or two … Continue reading Saturday is Chenin Blanc day!