Loire Valley Wines - By Paul Grand
The Loire Valley is one of the most diverse wine producing regions in France, defined by the Loire River, France’s longest river and the valley extending along its banks. The Loire produces numerous styles of wine from sweet to dry white wines, rose, red and sparkling wines. The following are a few selections of crisp, bracing and refreshing white wines from several of the regions within the Loire Valley.
The Nicolas Idiart Muscadet is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape and features crisp acidity with apple, stone fruit and citrus flavors, along with a touch of minerality. It is a wonderful accompaniment to oysters, crab and lobster.
Barton & Guestier Vouvray is made from the Chenin Blanc grape. The wine is aromatic with notes of white flowers and light fruit. On the palate you will find floral notes along with peach and pear flavors. Excellent as an aperitif, it also pairs nicely with cheese and light desserts. We also enjoy this wine with Asian-inspired cuisine.
In the eastern regions of the Loire, the wines from Sancerre are made with the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The Monmousseau Sancerre is a nice choice, showing racy gunflint acidity, followed by herbal, mineral and citrus flavors. Sancerre compliments dishes featuring goat cheese, shellfish and vegetable tarts.