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The Loire Valley is studded with vineyards producing some of the world’s most attractive white wines: Vouvray, Sancerre, Muscadet et Sevre a Maine, and more.  This weekend we’re polishing up your knowledge of the gem of Chenin Blanc from Vouvray.  The names are basically synonymous to each other —any label with “Vouvray” must be Chenin Blanc.  The grape’s acidity is a lightning rod that can spark the palate of even the most casual and begrudging wine-drinkers who typically only sip out of an obligatory social contract.

Chennin Blanc is like the middle sister of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.  Like Riesling, it illuminates honey floral notes, yellow apple, ripe apricots, and shimmering minerality.  Like Sauvignon Blanc, it can also show some herbaceous, green notes and induce the puckering squeeze of a fish-lip finish.

Loire Valley wines are perfect for food pairings because they have wide versatility with greens (lettuces, green beans, asparagus, artichokes), proteins (ham, salmon, tuna, chicken), and fruit pastries (an oh-la-la kind of pairing).

Cheers from Siri!

Moncontour Predillection Brut

Vouvray is famous for sparkling wines.  If you appreciate Prosecco, this one’s on a similar spectrum with its pear leaning towards apricot fruit notes and a hint of florality. But unlike Prosecco, the acidity here is unbelievably refreshing and clean.  I recommend using this to make a Bellini instead of a mimosa. Vouvray sparkling is the perfect base for this cocktail. 

Regular Price $21.99

REWARDS PRICE $14.96 

Prices good thru April 15, 2020

Moncontour Vouvray Sec

Chenin Blanc in Vouvray has tiers of sweetness, sec is the driest. Moncontour has the classic apricot and peach fruit flavor with acidity that provides a firm framing for the unctuous tree fruits.  Of course, a hint of honey floral pops out.  

Regular Price $24.99

REWARDS PRICE $14.96 

Prices good thru April 15, 2020

Chateau Moncontour Demi Sec Vouvray

Chateau Moncontour is one of the oldest wineries in Loire and it has seen thousands of owners since the 4th century. For Riesling and Moscato drinkers, this is your new reigning Queen.  She will dethrone your favorites, especially if others are going to drink your style.  The “Demi-Sec” is smoother, fruitier, and softer.  

Regular Price $24.99

REWARDS PRICE $14.96 

Prices good thru April 15, 2020

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