loire valley

Domaine des Hauts de Sanziers Saumur Rouge 2016

Domaine des Hauts de Sanziers Saumur Rouge 2016

Smell is closely associated with memory, something that wine reminds us of at the most unexpected times. Sometimes, when sticking your nose in a glass as a mere formality, a wave of recognition washes over. I once blind-tasted a wine so striking that, although I couldn’t pinpoint the producer, grape, or region, I immediately recollected […]

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An Introduction to the Regions of the Loire Valley: MAP

An Introduction to the Regions of the Loire Valley: MAP

Few wine regions are as diverse as France’s Loire Valley. With over 61 appellations and 70,000 hectares of vineyards, there is a truly wide variety of wine produced across the four major regions. These red, white, and rosé wines showcase the refreshing character and minerality that the Loire is known for, but each individual expression […]

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Saget La Perrière’s Arnaud Saget Loves Rooftops, Would Marry Chenin Blanc In A Heartbeat

Saget La Perrière’s Arnaud Saget Loves Rooftops, Would Marry Chenin Blanc In A Heartbeat

A family born into winemakers, Jean-Louis Saget started Saget La Perrière with a stacked team of specialists to produce some amazing wine. This once simple, family project is now a major staple of France’s Loire Valley, showcasing the terroir and diversity across their 890 acres of vineyards.

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Take 3: Meet the Loire Valley Through the Eyes of Those Who Make, Sell, and Serve It

Take 3: Meet the Loire Valley Through the Eyes of Those Who Make, Sell, and Serve It

France’s wide-ranging wines are celebrated across the globe for their timeless elegance and unparalleled sophistication. Yet within this already elevated landscape, some regions are even more heralded than others. Consider the Loire Valley, an illustrious string of appellations with viticultural traditions spanning multiple millennia. As its namesake river flows west across the center of the […]

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Somms Love Chenin Blanc, and You Will, Too

Somms Love Chenin Blanc, and You Will, Too

Sommeliers love Chenin Blanc. It’s one of those classic grape varieties that was seriously overlooked until 10 to 15 years ago when wine professionals “rediscovered” it and began proclaiming its virtues. But while Chenin Blanc doesn’t seem obscure to wine lovers these days, it isn’t nearly as popular as international grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and […]

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Seven Loire Valley Wines You Must Be Drinking This Fall

Seven Loire Valley Wines You Must Be Drinking This Fall

For those of you that haven’t heard, the Loire Valley is *still* one of the wine world’s best kept secrets. Situated in the northwestern part of France, the Loire Valley wine region encompasses various terroirs along the length of France’s longest river, starting with Muscadet on the Atlantic coast, all the way to Sancerre, just […]

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