Loire 365 including Thanksgiving

Try them this Thanksgiving, and Order your Free Guide Filled with Fun Facts



At this time of year I am always asked for my take on food and wine pairings, particularly as it relates to the Turkey Day table.  As you may have seen in last Thursday's e-mail, where I presented a bevy of tasting notes for the perennial Thanksgiving Day favorite, Pinot Noir, my suggestions can run to the geekier side of things.

The wines of the Loire Valley can work wonderfully on your Thanksgiving table.  I was just leafing through a little booklet I received in the mail entitled "Loire365."  It's full of tips, trivia and fun historical facts pertaining to the Loire Valley.  Case in point: fact 61, "Loire Valley wines are exceptionally food friendly due to their crisp, elegant style and their fruit-forwardness...."

Well in the case of Thanksgiving, that fruit-forwardness is what really works well.  A slightly off-dry Vouvray really is one of the best partners for your typical turkey dinner with all of the trimmings.  It can stand up to the yams and cranberries, yet manages to pair with the sausage and sage stuffing as well.  It's an incredibly versatile wine, and one with a remarkably friendly price!

Make sure to get your copy of Loire365 directly from the Loire Valley Wine Bureau.

What to Expect: The Loire Valley

The Loire flows north from the Massif Central, through the heart of France, then turns west toward the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, different climate zones and soil types make the Loire Valley one of the world’s most diverse wine regions.
The Loire Valley is best known for un-oaked, unblended white wines; terroir wines par excellence. Nothing masks the pure expression of the grapes the places where they grow. Sancerre and its neighbors set international standards for Sauvignon Blanc.  Loire Valley Chenin Blanc is unmatched anywhere else. Vouvray alone makes every style from crisp and dry to rich dessert wines.  And minerally, precise Muscadet captures the tang of the sea.
Loire Valley red wines are increasingly recognized for their quality and exceptional value; the benchmark for pure Cabernet Franc.  There is also fine Pinot Noir (Sancerre), Gamay and Malbec  (Touraine).  
And don’t forget the Loire’s delicious rosé wines, often blended for a gently sweet style, or the festive and affordable sparkling wines in the holiday season.

Loire365 for Every Day.

Loire Valley: More than just great White wines.
If white wine is not your thing, look for one of the wonderful off-dry Rosé wines from the Loire. My favorite tends to be Rosé d’Anjou, which combines the bright fruit of Cabernet Franc, with the complex tang of Grolleau.  Need to learn more about the wines of the Loire Valley? Loire365, order your copy today.

Loire365: A free booklet from Loire Valley Wine
Get your own free copy of Loire365 direct from Loire Valley Wine. It’s a wonderful little book full of fun facts sure to enlighten, not only about the wonderful wines of the Loire Valley, but about their history, culture, and customs as well. Loire365, order your copy today.

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  • Try the delicious Chenin Blancs from Domaine Alex-Mathur in Montlouis. They also have a wonderful sparkling Cremant d' Loire (half Chenin Blanc and half Chardonnay).

    Nov 23, 2009 at 11:15 AM

  • Snooth User: brun eyes
    309128 1

    We are going to be there May 2010 in a cruiser by Le Boat...just him and I, and we'll be stopping at all the beautiful villages and do bike riding and of course drinking lots of VIN.....oops...shopping too!!!!

    Nov 23, 2009 at 6:36 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 233,910

    It's a lovely region. Sounds like a great way to spend some free time!

    Nov 24, 2009 at 8:43 AM

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