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
    • 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 to enjoy it for a bit – but last ...

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    • 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.

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  • Pierre Marchand & Fils 2012 Pouilly-Fumé Les Loges

    …, Green Dragon (our resident Sauvignon Blanc expert) said, “It’s not a grapefruit bomb.” In her own way, she was delivering high praise. I paid $19 online for this. If I had it to do again, I would have purchased at least two bottles. It’s food friendly, serene, elegant and refreshing. Rating: 3.5 of 5 Value: 4.5 of 5 …

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  • An Evening with Wine Llama – Lindsay Neilson

    … Hello wine lovers and happy #wineWednesday! I hope your week is going well and you are enjoying new and exciting wines… Last week, I met up with my friend, Lindsay Neilson of Wine Llama for a celebratory drink at Hawksworth Restaurant in the Hotel Georgia. Lindsay has graciously offered to be my wine education mentor having recently received…

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  • Loire Valley Natural Sparkling Wine

    …. They also use the Menu Pineau in one of their delicious white wines, a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Menu Pineau. Arnaud ferments the Menu Pineau in old oak barrels. Before fermentation is complete, he “locks” the fermentation period by bringing the temperature down. At this point he bottles the wine and in the Spring when the temperatures…

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  • Cowabunga!! Labor Day, Monster Surf, Fine Wines

    … Brut “La Dilettante” $20 (K&L says they have it): Sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire. Yeasty, sophisticated, grapefruit rind, acidic. Loved it. Big hit with those holding glasses. Made by natural wine organic gorgeous (in photo) winemaker Catherine Breton. Committed to the natural movement! At $19.99 a U20 buy. 12% catch the twichen groove doods… COWABUNGA!! …

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