Just a reminder to the group that we will be focusing on the Loire Valley of France for the next meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday the 22nd. Please touch-base with me if you are unsure of your assignment of the wine(s) to bring along. We are dividing up the styles so we do not get a bunch of Montlouis and no Saumur, so to speak.
As I did last time, I am prepping the event with some notes and links to my educational material. The Loire Valley is a huge wine region and there is a lot of material, grape varieties, and styles to cover. Everything from sparkling to decadent dessert wines comes from this vast stretch of vineyards, long in history and layered with tradition
Personally, I have always looked at the Loire Valley in three segments: the Muscadet focused Atlantic/western end, the confusing and multi-layered regions around and between Angers and Tours in the middle, and the very refined wines of the far eastern parts near the wine regions/villages of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire. The middle has definitely been a place that wine geeks have found many wines from dedicated artisan winemakers focused on the natural and highly traditional viti- and vini-cultural practices, such as biodynamics. While the ends really are more focused on almost singular variety expressions - thus making things a bit more simple to grasp; keeping in mind that this is not to suggest the wines are any less complex at times, just less variability of styles in the region.
There is so much material to potentially look through, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes. A good place to start is the WSET PowerPoint on the entire region. This will give a good overview of what is to be learned.
Click here to view the PowerPoint on the Loire Valley
If you are a member of GuildSomm, you can review their compendium on the Loire by clicking here.
This webpage is slightly helpful, especially if you are new to the regions, or are perhaps planning a trip.
And Wine Folly always has good, quick reads on the regions. Click here.
It looks like we are going to have a pretty solid group for Thursday, and I for one will be looking to see and taste the various expressions. Let me know if you have any questions.
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