Vouvray: Visiting the Loire Valley
I had the great pleasure of visiting France last week for a week of mostly family reunion. Spring was in full bloom and temperatures were in the 70’s. A day trip to the region of Vouvray gave us a chance to enjoy that great weather and taste some fine white wine from the region.
Vouvray wine is made from the Chenin grape and brings a wide variety of styles depending mostly on how ripe the grapes are allowed to become. From dessert sweet to bone dry, Vouvray brings something to the table for everyone.
We visited a cooperative where over three million bottles of wine are currently residing in caves where the temperature never varies more than plus or minus two degrees all year long. That, in and of itself, makes Vouvray a wonderful place to make (and store) wine. The most surprising aspect of this tour is the statistic that over 80% of the Vouvray wine made is a sparkling wine, much like champagne.
Lunch was served outside starting with a cold platter of pate and other charcuterie followed by beef and some of the finest french fries I’ve ever tasted. The wines we had were a delicious complement to our meal. What else would you expect from the heart of the Loire Valley?