Friday, 12 December 2014

Checking out Champagne

This week we ‘abandoned ship’ to explore next year’s cruise route on two wheels – following the Marne river through the Ile de France and Champagne regions. Despite the chilly weather we received a warm welcome from everyone we met and can’t wait to introduce our guests to this French heartland.

With twinkling lights strung above the road in every village and vin chaud (like mulled wine) at the Christmas markets in Reims and Meaux, the winter season has a charm of its own.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Welcoming the first wines of the 2014 harvest

From last Thursday banners outside our local wine merchant have proudly declared "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivĂ©" ("The New Beaujolais has arrived").  

Only in France would the date that a wine is released have been set down in law since 1951, making its official arrival each year an event to be celebrated (the third Thursday in November).

A fresh and fruity red wine, Nouveau Beaujolais is made from Gamay variety grapes, grown in vineyards throughout the Beaujolais appellation, just north of Lyon. But what makes this wine unique in France is that its produced, bottled, and released within just 6-8 weeks of the harvest.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Just another day at the office!

This week we've been getting to grips with our new power tools whilst taking advantage of some unseasonably warm October weather