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Tag Archives: Loire Valley

• How to Blind Taste Wine Like a Sommelier

How to Blind Taste Wine Like a Sommelier

Professionals obscure bottle labels to assess the contents without prejudice. Amateurs do it to challenge and/or humiliate wine-drinking friends. How to ace the next round. Are you smarter than a sommelier? Blind tasting refers to tasting wines without knowing their identities. Lettie Teague explains what to know about blind tasting wine on Lunch Break with […]

• Great wine tasting this Saturday at Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica

Great wine tasting this Saturday at Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica

Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica continues the monthly wine lesson and tasting event, Sommelier Saturdays, with a selection of red and white wines from the Loire Valley. On Saturday, June 28 from 1-3 p.m., Sommelier Adem Sash will give insight into the region and offer wine and food pairings to bring out bold flavors. For […]

• Rotting Grapes From Bordeaux to Burgundy Cut French Wine Outlook

Rotting Grapes From Bordeaux to Burgundy Cut French Wine Outlook

France cut its outlook for wine production for a fourth time after botrytis rot due to wet weather caused grape losses in Bordeaux and Burgundy, adding to damage from poor flowering and summer hailstorms. The volume of the 2013 vintage may rise 2.2 percent to 42.3 million hectoliters (1.12 billion gallons) from 41.4 million hectoliters […]

• Wine’s Tom Hanks: Why Everyone Loves Sancerre

Wine’s Tom Hanks: Why Everyone Loves Sancerre

CELEBRITIES, consumer brands and countless TV shows are deemed successes or failures based in part on their “Q Scores,” which measure familiarity and mass appeal. (Tom Hanks, for example, is a perpetual high scorer, while Lindsay Lohan ranks unsurprisingly low.) If wines were accorded similar ratings, I’m certain that Sancerre would top the list. Consider […]

• Muscadet Vignerons Seek Wine’s ‘Next Big Thing’ in Loire Rocks

Muscadet Vignerons Seek Wine’s ‘Next Big Thing’ in Loire Rocks

“As my boots crunch through snow, Pierre-Marie Luneau hands me a chunk of serpentinite rock in his vineyard on La Butte de la Roche. Like all the best Muscadet producers, Luneau is obsessed with how soil affects a wine’s quality. Muscadet is typecast as a gulpable, fresh, crisp white wine ideally paired with oysters. And […]

• Fumé Blanc: another name, another style of Sauvignon Blanc

Fumé Blanc: another name, another style of Sauvignon Blanc

If you ever spend time perusing wine labels, you’ve probably seen a few bottles of Fumé Blanc shelved in stores alongside California Sauvignon Blancs. Have you wondered if the Fumé Blanc is made from a different grape or perhaps a blend? It isn’t. In fact, the name “Fumé Blanc” was made up in the 1960s […]

• Demystifying French Wine with a Simple Primer

Demystifying French Wine with a Simple Primer

Let’s face it. Wine is complicated. And French wine is a swirling maelstrom of history, government control, regional divides, family in-fighting, and basic chemistry. But must we know every little detail to understand what we like when we drink it? I want to demystify French wine. I want to simplify French wine. I want to […]

• The Future of Malbec

The Future of Malbec

Back in the 13th century, Malbec was the toast of the town. It was the grape variety of choice for royal households, Papal courts and the landed classes who enjoyed quenching their thirst on the “black” wine. The grape was planted widely in French wine regions such as the Loire Valley, where it was known […]

• Pampered Muscadets Show Loire Valley’s Gains in French Market

Pampered Muscadets Show Loire Valley’s Gains in French Market

Chinon red wine is made from cabernet franc grapes in the yellow limestone cellars of the Loire Valley, France. The vineyards of the Loire extend from the region of Sancerre through Tours westward to Nantes & the Atlantic. Photographer: Marc Jauneaud/InterLoire via Bloomberg The average wine drinker’s familiarity with Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, &  a few […]