For the first 2 weeks of August each year (from 30 July to 15 August in 2013) the quiet Gascony village of Marciac (32 Gers, Midi-Pyrenees) holds its annual JAZZ Festival= Jazz in Marciac
This usually serene small town in the middle of Gascony comes alive in the heart of a region which is peaceful,
………Continue reading Jazz in the Gers
The village of St Clar (32 Gers, Midi-Pyrenees) holds an annual Garlic Festival – 4 August 2011.
You might be surprised at the displays of garlic (windmills, towers) and the sheer range of garlic varieties that are available – both for sale and for entry into numerous competitions.
For more info see www.tourisme-gers.com
………Continue reading Garlic Festival
The wines of Domaine de Lauroux in SW France will be on taste at Nantwich Food & Drink Festival in Cheshire from 25-27 September 2009.
Karen Kitchener, owner of the Domaine with husband Nicholas, will be giving a tutored tasting of 3 of their Cotes de Gascogne wines on each day of the festival (2.30pm
………Continue reading Gascony Wines at Nantwich Food Festival
As a fan of SW France, its wines and its food it is always good to have some of your favourite wines featured by an independent UK wine merchant – Leon Stolarski Fine Wines has selected 2 lesser-known wines from domaines I have worked with before. Laplace is one of the biggest and most respected
………Continue reading Pacherenc du Vic Bilh and Fronton wines in the UK
Part of our series featuring places for a short stay in the in France we visit the Gers, South West France.
Le Weekend in…Eauze
Where to stay? Domaine de Lauroux at Manciet. Domaine de Lauroux, situated 2km from the town of Manciet.where Karen and Richard Kitchener run a wine and Armagnac domaine
………Continue reading Le Weekend in…. Eauze
I suspect we all look for evidence to convince us that our bad habits are not so bad for us after all. I still quote numerous medical articles which “prove” that wine is good for you, conveniently ignoring the caveat “in moderation”.
More recently of course there has been Dr Roger Corder’s The Wine Diet,
………Continue reading Healthy duck and goose??
Lauroux vineyards in the Gers in winter
Nick and Karen Kitchener will be in London exhibiting their wines (Cotes de Gascogne and Floc) and Armagnacs at The Wine Show to be held at the Business Design Centre, Islington on 23-26 October. (Stand C35-4 in the Wine Market on the 3rd floor). It is only
………Continue reading Get a taste of Armagnac from Domaine de Lauroux
Apparently there is a type of pain d’epices (spice cake, rather like gingerbread) made with honey which is designed to go with Foie Gras (Goose Liver)! So I learn from specialist French food importers Its French! I have yet to try this, but when you think that digestive biscuits work well with Stilton, then maybe
………Continue reading Cake to accompany Foie Gras??
The two appellations of Madiran AC (red) and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh AC (white) were created in 1948, and will be celebrating n July and August 2008. These 2 appellations are typical of the South West of France – producing distinctively different styles of wine from lesser-known grape varieties – predominantly Tannat for the Madiran,
………Continue reading 60 years of Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh
The departement of Gers (32 Midi-Pyrenees) in the heart of Gascony has built a reputation for creating its musical summer festivals – principally the internationally renowned Jazz in Marciac (end of July-mid August 2013) and Tempo Latino (25-28 July 2013) in Vic Fezensac.
These otherwise quiet small towns vibrate with music, and
………Continue reading Music and wine in Gascony