Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

Hall at wine fair

On Tuesday Gérald and I visited the Loire Valley Wine Fair in Angers (49).

Now in its 26th year, the Salon des Vins de Loire is the largest single gathering of Loire Valley wine producers (550 vignerons) and certainly a date in the diary for wine importers, retail and commerce.

Set in two great halls, the wine fair is an impressive sight, and it was our objective to source new wines for Bistrot Les Tontons, our wine bar in Saumur, and for Ten Green Bottles, with whom we are in partnership, and who own a wine bar, The Wine Shop and Tasting Room in Brighton, UK.

Domaine de la Paleine
On a social level, the wine fair is a great opportunity for us to catch up with the wine producers we work closely with.

One Domaine is Domaine de la Paleine, located in Le Puy Notre-Dame (49), AOC Saumur & AOC Saumur-Puy-Notre-Dame, and whose award winning wines are served, and can be purchased, at Bistrot Les Tontons.

Congratulations!
Gérald at Marc's standFor 2012 Domaine de la Paleine was awarded the : Ligers d’Argent & Ligers de Bronze for the quality of its wines.

Owned by Marc & Laurent Vincent, Domaine de la Paleine continues to be represented at salons des vins (wine fairs), by Gérald.

And today, whilst talking with Marc, we sampled new vintages of favoured wines which we have followed for over 10 years.
A selection of bottles

Next we headed to see Le Petit Saint Vincent, Varrains (49), AOC Saumur-Champigny, whose wines are served at Bistrot Les Tontons.

Wine samplingAlbeit not photographed, Le Petit Saint Vincent produces a divine sparkling rosé, which was in great demand throughout last summer.

 

A Domaine whose wines have been produced by four generations and whose vines age between 30 and 80 years old, the wines were a pleasure for me to sample: in particular the 2010 Chenin!

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