Cremant is a French sparkling wine that can not be called Champagne. Why? Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

Enjoyed a bubbly glass of Cremant last night. My oh my it was tasty, refreshing and thoroughly delicious. No reason, no celebration, simply a quiet night in with my loved ones. Well, that is reason enough, isn’t it? What’s in a Name You may well ask what Cremant is. EssentiallyContinue Reading

I am discovering the wonderful variety of wines in the Loire Valley. Come and enjoy a taste with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

I am thoroughly enjoying myself guiding guests around the Loire valley in France. So many lovely varieties of grapes for wine, so many Chateaus to explore. The Loire is my special garden. One I don’t have to prune, but simply enjoy. And oh, my the choices! In case you didn’tContinue Reading

The Saint Vincent Tournante is Burgundy France's Thanksgiving but for wine makers. Let's discover more at PumpjackPiddlewick

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, though the concept behind ‘giving thanks’ can actually be found in many countries. For example, in Burgundy, France there is the Saint Vincent Tournante. A very French take on thanks giving. This is a festival that is normally held during the last weekend ofContinue Reading

Discover the fete de vendange in France with PumpjackPiddlewick

October, or at least some time in October, signals the end of grape harvest (Vendange) here in France. Depending on how early, or late, the harvest began will determine how early or late in autumn it comes to a conclusion. But ultimately, October signals it’s time for the Fete deContinue Reading

Here is an easy way to choose a good French wine from the wine bottle label at PumpjackPiddlewick

When it comes to buying wine, being confronted with a sea of wine bottle labels in a shop can be daunting. If not incredibly confusing. Do you go for a classic looking label? (Implying it is a better wine?) Minimalist style or busy with information? There are far too manyContinue Reading