Vouvray is a French region of the Loire Valley located in the Touraine district just east of the city of Tours in the commune of Vouvray. The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) is dedicated almost exclusively to Chenin blanc though the obscure and minor grape Arbois is permitted but rarely used.
The Loire river valley is the largest wine growing region in France and the second largest producing region for sparkling wines. Beginning at the city of Nantes just upriver from the Atlantic, it stretches about 600 miles inland through the Anjou-Tourraine region.
I absolutely love Fall. The subtle transformation of light as the days become shorter gets me thinking of comfort food and wine. Our 2016 Fall Fare Pairs can work together to create one out-of-this-world feast or you can pick and choose your favorites - or maybe go for something you've never tried before.
Let us know your thoughts on our selections! Cheers to your table.
People don't realize how versatile sake is. It can get pigeon-holed into the Asian cuisine category and is frequently overlooked altogether. Today, sommeliers are starting to understand that having a truly integrated beverage program means including sake from top producers in Japan. There is a huge range of types and styles of sake and it is without question that the topic overall is daunting. As an intro to sake, I suggest you get out there and try some! What better way to learn about a wine (yes, sake is a wine) than to get some in your glass alongside a perfect food pairing to really make it sing. If you're more familiar with cheese, perhaps start by choosing your favorite from this lineup and then going to the sake. You might just fall in love.