The ABCs of Summer

Five white wines guaranteed to make a splash this summer


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Since we’re talking about seafood wines we have to mention the all time classic: Muscadet. Produced from the Melon de Bourgogne grape near the city of Nantes where the Loire Valley meets the Atlantic Ocean, the soils here are poor and well-draining, and the climate decidedly temperate, influenced by the proximity of the ocean. The resulting wines, and there are a lot of them since Muscadet and the related appellations are the single largest block of wine produced in the Loire Valley, tend to be light, fresh, and full of notes of oyster shells, lemons and sea breezes, though not the kind with vodka in them.

Great Muscadet, of which there are quite a few, age effortless for years, gaining richness and weight with time in the bottle, but they are also great right out of the bottle, and like the previous wines are great values.

The One to Buy: Pepiere Clos des Briords Muscadet Premier ($17)

The One to Try: Luneau-Papin Muscadet Sevre et Maine le "L" d'Or ($35)  


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  • What?
    No Vinho Verde???
    How about Cruzeiro? A great Vinho Verde?

    Jun 07, 2013 at 8:45 AM

  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    I honestly didn't mind the multitudinous references to white wine and seafood pairings, it is one of summer's many joys. I have been enjoying the focus the last few weeks on whites and fish/seafood cuisine.

    Though I thought of a few possible additions to the summer whites list: Gruner Veltliner, Verdejo, Fiano and for the adventurous Furmint, Harslevelu.

    Jun 07, 2013 at 9:15 PM

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