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08 Jul 2020 | Samantha Dugan

For The Love of Loire

France’s Loire Valley has been known for centuries as, The Garden of France and a quick perusing on your internet browser, or better yet, a few days visit of the region, (when we can travel again) and you will, without question, understand why. Visiting the Loire Valley, the 170 miles stretch across the north central part of France, is like stepping back in time, harkening a time when poets, artists and writers wandered the lush rolling hills peppered with nearly 1,000 Chateaux, lavish structures built by French nobility and the exceedingly wealthy. Stuffing themselves on local culture, the beauty of crisscrossed rivers overflowing with local fishes, ample and prolific produce and washing it all down with a dizzying array of fresh, bright, stirring local red and white wines.

Nowhere else in France will you find such diversity in wine and for such affordable prices. The reds range from super light, fresh and crushable to deep, earthy, brooding with dark fruit and tannin. The whites lean, fiercely dry with raging acidity, to soft, plump with stone fruit and citrus, all the way to dessert level sweetness with thick and luscious textures. There is quite literally something for everyone and now, with sharing of information globally, organic farming and newer generations open to new ideas, the wines of the region have never been better.

We’ve seen an overwhelming amount of interest in the wines from Loire Valley here at The Wine Country. Seems like every time I walk the section I find I’m out of this and nearly out of that, across the whole region. Pretty thrilling for us to see so many people embrace the wines and come back thirsting for more.


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