Friday, January 17, 2014

Wine Education : Macon Villages

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

January 18 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: Appellation Focus on Macon Villages

Macon-Villages is an appellation covering white wines produced in selected communes of the Maconnais wine area of southern Burgundy. The appellation represents a step up in quality from the standard Macon title and specializes in dry white wines made from Chardonnay.

The named Macon-Villages communes are permitted to add their names to the Macon appellation on labels – for example,Macon Lugny or Macon Fuisse – or to call their wines simply Macon-Villages

Overall, the landscape of the Maconnais is one of rolling limestone hills, bordered in the east by the Saone river as it flows south to meet the Rhone just outside Lyon. The climate shows signs of the region's proximity to the Rhone Valley, with warmer average temperatures than the rest of Burgundy, lower rainfall and – perhaps most significantly – less risk of vine-damaging spring frosts. Chardonnay ripens more successfully here than further north and the wines it produces are markedly richer than those from Chablis– the northernmost Burgundian appellation.

Come taste our longtime favorite Cave de Lugny Macon-Lugny les Charmes this weekend at all 4 locations

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