Loire Valley

The Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire, pronounced: [va.le də la lwaːʁ]), spanning 280 kilometres (170 mi), is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. Its area comprises about 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi). It is referred to as the Cradle of the French Language, and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards (such as cherries), and artichoke and asparagus fields, which line the banks of the river. Notable for its historic towns, architecture and wines, the valley has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period. In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites.
Posts about Loire Valley
    • Wine for Us…WineZag for Me

      I learned some lessons about wine and blogging in 2014. Part of the education involved joyous consumption of interesting and delicious wines with good people. Just as much learning came from never sharing anything about those wine experiences here at WineZag. I have not written since last winter following five years of steady WineZag content.

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  • Blind Tasting Loire Wines

    … In December I was sent the two bottles you see pictured here with instructions to taste them and guess what each bottle was. Besides knowing the color, obviously, the only other bit of information I knew was that they were both Loire Valley wines. Many other bloggers were invited to participate too, and a list of our guesses is available here…

    Beau's Barrel Roomin Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
  • School Daze – Further Adventures in Wine

    … Faults I won’t bore you with the details of the winemaking process (unless you really want to know…) but the pairing is Chinon, red Chinon. This Cabernet Franc based wine from the Touraine region of the Central Loire Valley (France) is one that I am less than familiar with, so I look forward to exploring it more, both on my own and with my study…

    Luscious Lushesin Cabernet Franc- 6 readers -
  • You’re going to love these French white wines

    … on (sur) its own grape skin sediment and spent yeast cells (lees). This contact or bathing gives the wine more body, intensity and the richness that can sometimes be mistaken for oak. If you’ve never had authentic Chablis (one that can only come from France) then this wine is your new best friend. Meanwhile it’s good to note that some French…

    Roger Killen/ What's in the Bottle?- 5 readers -
  • Le Mont, Sec, Domaine Huet, Vouvray AC, France, 2010, 13.5% abv

    … I just can’t get enough. Chenin Blanc wines rank up there amongst my favourites; they’re so versatile. All styles are possible – from sweet, botrytis affected dessert wines to slightly off dry versions, to dry, linear, deeply mineral bottles and then there are the sparklers. This one came to me via a Garagiste shipment and I’ve been waiting…

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  • Pierre Marchand & Fils 2012 Pouilly-Fumé Les Loges

    … is a pirate waving a sword, Pouilly-Fumé is a French aristocrat in a frock coat with shiny buttons. The clay and limestone soils of the old village of Les Loges result in wines with pronounced fruit flavors. This Pouilly-Fumé has the bouquet of green grass. On the palate it has lively minerality with flavors of lemon and white flowers. Upon sipping…

    Toledo Wines and Vinesin Sauvignon Blanc- 4 readers -
  • A Gentle Tour of Vouvray

    … Take a gentle tour of Vouvray with French rally team Florent Genestet and Romain Vallé, in their Citroen Saxo A6. Florent hails from the Loire Valley but is too preoccupied to provide any commentary, so I have added a few pointers to the sights of interest beneath the video. Time 0:00: Start just north of Vernou-sur-Brenne. 0:39: Underneath…

    Chris Kissack/ WineDR- 2 readers -
  • Weekend Wine Notes: 15 Sauvignon Blancs

    …! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Amici Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Napa Valley. 14.2% alc. 50% sauvignon blanc/50% sauvignon musque. 10% barrel-fermented in French oak and malolactic. Pale gold; quite fresh and clean; lemon and tangerine, hint of mango and lemongrass; hint of honeysuckle; moderately lush but crisply balanced; river-rock minerality; lime peel and flint finish…

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Headin Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • An Evening with Wine Llama – Lindsay Neilson

    … Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Sur Loire 2011 13% abv. ‘Les Dix Arpents’. This Chenin Blanc was one of the more glorious wines I have ever tasted as it evolved with every sip. When it was still cool, there were gorgeous notes of bright citrus and pear alongside an elegant whiff of minerality. When it had opened up, the aromas lent themselves…

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  • Loire Valley Natural Sparkling Wine

    …When is a sparkling wine from the Loire not a Crémant? This is not a Crémant as one might expect of sparkling wines from the Loire Valley. This is a natural sparkling wine made by Domain de Veilloux winemaker Arnaud Quenioux in the AOC of Cheverny and near the town of Chiteney. This is a very different sparkling wine than a Crémant. A Crémant…

    Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getawaysin Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay- 5 readers -
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