Friday, May 1, 2015

The beauty and history of France is nowhere better illustrated than the Loire Valley.  As the geographic center of the country it has always been a center of heritage and culture.  It also produces some of the best white wines in France and some excellent reds as well.
This was well demonstrated to us when we attended the 'Spring to Loire! The Loire Valley Wines' Day in L.A.'  This tasting of Loire wines took place at the Millwick located in L.A.'s Arts District.
The Loire Valley has several wine appellations some famous like Vouvray, Pays Nanais, Pouilly-Fume, and Saumur-Champigny.
Some well known grape varietals like Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc for white wines were originally from this region.  For some reds as well, Gamay, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
Seventeen importers were on hand to show their vintages at the tasting accompanied by some most tasty appetizers.
The Loire Valley event started at noon and continued into the evening.  We arrived early and after tasting a few select vintages and enjoying some interesting discussion left early to miss the ever present traffic.

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