Tour de France: Discover Loire & Alsace
In the wettest part of France, the North West, they call it 'The Garden of France' as it is the most green and lush. Here lies the Loire Valley, a grapegrowing area famous as the home of Sauvignon Blanc, a trendy grape variety currently receiving ample air-time in the world of wine. We'll look at Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé and talk about why so many people love this classic French grape then head to Tours for the birthplace of the versatile Chenin Blanc in Vouvray with comparisons to be found in Anjou to the sweet styles such as Coteaux du Layon. On the estuary of the Loire lies Nantes famous for the seafood matched classic, Muscadet, which will kick this great tasting off. There is one final element and that's the rising star of the mineral-earthy Cabernet Franc found in Chinon, well worth a taste!
Alsace in eastern France lies on the border of Germany and is as German as it is French in terms of population, architecture and its’ grape varieties. Germanic Riesling and Gewurztraminer are found here side-by-side with French Pinot Blanc and Gris all adding to a small-but-complex wine producing region offering the most aromatic and different styles in comparison to the rest of France. It unusual, its unique, its great.
5-Star Review via TripAdvisor: "Did an intro evening class to wine tasting based on wines from the Loire. Even though I spent a year living in this region, I learned a lot more about the different vineyards and came away with a lot of handy tips for picking a wine I'd like. I'm not a huge white wine drinker but was pleasantly surprised with a couple. I've already put my knowledge to good use in the supermarket today - picking a wine I never normally would have based on what I learned last night, and I have to admit, it's pretty good. A great evening and have just booked another evening in a few months time. (farmersto, Feb 2017, via Tripadvisor)
- Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie
- Vouvray Sec/Demi-Sec
- Riesling (Alsace)
- Gewurztraminer (Alsace Grand Cru)
One premium wine to look forward to: Excellent aged Vouvray. Delicious.
All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and nibbles.
Places remaining: 14
Course Date/Time: Tue 26th May 2020 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The Wine Cellars, Fulham