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At our tasting in May we will sample wines from the Loire Valley, a long swath running from the Atlantic Ocean across Brittany almost directly east to Sancerre and Pouilly in the upper reaches. 600 miles of the longest river in France cross the country over a variety of rock types and the soils derived from them. Reducing the extensive wine production from such a large area to 8 wines for a tasting and making sense of it is a daunting task, but we will try.
The wines will be more white than red though the reds are significant. The wines tend to be light and invigorating with palpable acidity. A classic mystery is that they are not more widely appreciated outside of France. Under-appreciated? You can deduce from that word that they are not expensive, an important consideration. You can drink more of them! One writer describes them as “un-warranted casualties of the modern wine drinker’s obsession with weight and strength.“ The grapes are both familiar and strange: Melon de Bourgogne, Romorantin, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are used for most of the wines. While some can age a very long time, some are made to drink right away. Many are best when held for a year or two before opening them. I have found delightful examples of Loire wines through the years. Come and enjoy some examples at the tasting which will be held on Friday, May 10th at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg.
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Friday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. Loire Valley – Regular Members
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