Friday, 19th May 2017
8:00pm - 10:30pm
The Loire Valley is a key wine region in western France. It follows the course of the Loire river on its long journey through the heart of France, from the inland hills of Auvergne to the plains on the French Atlantic coast near Nantes (Muscadet country).
Important in terms of both quantity and quality, the region generates vast quantities of wine annually (around four million hl / 106 million gallons) including some of France's finest.
Diversity is another of the region's key strengths. The wine styles made here range from the light, tart Muscadet and sweet, honeyed Bonnezeaux to the sparkling whites of Vouvray and juicy, tannic reds of Chinon and Saumur. It is quite telling that this brief sketch of the region's wines does not even make reference to the two most famous Loire Valley wines of all – Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.
Our instructor, Thierry Givone, will take you on a tasting tour with a selection of wines and grapes from this unique region