Trapp Family Lodge will be tasting new releases of wines for inclusion on their wine list. The format is casual, walk around with cheese and bread. |
Experts are frequently on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions.
Loire Whites Wine Tasting
MARCH 31ST 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Loire Whites, for inclusion on our list. Rafael Flores of Artisanal Cellars, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. The Loire is the longest river in France, the last wild river in Europe, and has been designated a World Heritage area by UNESCO. For much of its 630 miles - from the mountains of central France to the coast of Brittany - the Loire is vineyard country.
Total wine production makes up the third largest AOC (appellation d'origine controlee) viticultural area in France. It is France's second largest region for sparkling wine and the leading region for white wine production. The Loire River is the cradle of the French Nation. It is where the cultures of north and south meet. Charles Martel stopped the Saracen invasion of Europe at Tours in 731 AD. Joan of Arc met the Dauphin at Chinon in 1429 and convinced him to fight the English. In the 16th century, kings and nobles built their great Chateaux in the Loire Valley, preferring it to all other parts of France.Loire Valley wines include 65 appellations that include every style of wine - red, white, rose, still, Sparkling, sweet, dry and everything in between. One reason for this diversity is the size of the Loire Valley.
The vineyards grow along a 300 mile stretch of the river, so there are several distinct climates and a wide variety of soils that divide the Loire Valley into 5 distinct regions, each with its own characteristic varietals and wine styles. The white wines can be crisp and dry, or rich and aromatic. Their fruity aromas and refreshing acidity make them ideal food wines and the absence of oak makes them especially refreshing. As you can tell, there is no single predominant grape variety in the Loire Valley. This is in part tradition and in part because within such a large area, there are numerous soil types and micro-climates where certain grapes are more successful than others.
However, within the variety, all Loire Valley grapes have certain qualities in common. All of them can ripen fully in the relatively short growing season of the Loire Valley. The mild climate also insures relatively high acidity, which gives the wines, no matter how ripe, a refreshing leanness. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Pierre-Luc Bouchaud, "Sur Lie" 2008
Vouvray, Vigneau-Chevreau, "Cuvee Silex", Vendanges Manuells Sec 2008
Sauvignon, Domaine du Pre Baron, Touraine 2008
Reuilly, Michel Cordaillat, "Sauvignon" 2008
Sancerre, Vincent Grall 2008
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $15.00 fee per person.
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