Friday, November 1, 2013

Wine Education: Vouvray

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Come taste 2012 Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvee de Silex
October November 2 from 11am-4pm.

(each store will also have other wines out to taste)
A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores. We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails

On our blog, click on the  label "Education" and you can read all of the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

Wine Education: Chenin Blanc

Can you believe we are already in November? It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving wines. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, lots of food and wine go figure, but it can be a bit daunting picking out the wines for such and elaborate dinner. With some many different flavors on the table, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, chestnut soup, sweet potatoes, green beans the list goes on, it can be very hard to find wines that will stand up to the bigger flavors but pair well with the lighter dishes. So for the next 4 weeks we will be focusing on Thanksgiving wines and we are starting with one of my favorite and I think most versatile white wine varietals Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc is a versatile white wine grape variety known for its high acidity and aging potential. Most commonly associated with the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years; official French documents first mention Chenin Blanc as early as 845. It is only since the 1980s, however, that renewed interest has reinvigorated Chenin Blanc's position as a classic and noble grape variety.

Chenin Blanc may be crafted to any level of sweetness, ranging from bone-dry, crisp and sparkling, through to sweet dessert wines.

Chenin Blanc has thrived outside of France and is now grown all over the world including South Africa, Australia, and especially California. Com taste a Wine and Cheese Place favorite and beautifully classic example of Chenin Blanc this weekend:  2012 Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvee de Silex

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