Lincoln Uncorked: wine Summer the jewels of the Loire Valley in France | Food and Cooking

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The Valley of the Loire is one of France’s hidden treasures for the grand vin. It is a vast wine-producing region of northern France that extends from the center of the country, all the way to the Atlantic coast. It produces a variety of wines, ranging from the sub-area of Sancerre (home to some of the best sauvignon blancs in the world) for the coastal areas (and highly regarded Muscadet) many sub-regions and the varieties between them.

Cool-climate wine regions like the Loire Valley are ideal for summer because they are light, easy and pair well with fruit and simple dishes. I found three wines of the Anjou region, in the sub-region of the Loire Valley that I thought hit the target. I chose a white, red and rosé. To go with the wine, I picked up some biscotti from The Plant of Coffee and Tea and also had some fresh berries from the store. The sun was out and it was perfect, late afternoon on the bridge.

For the wine, I began with Domaine Richou Anjou Blanc “Chauvigne” In 2017, Anjou, France, $27. Made from the chenin blanc grape variety, the wine is a pale yellow colour in the glass and offers concerts scents of pineapple, lemon and white flowers. It is bright and fresh, with aromas of blackberries, green apple, minerals, a hint of lime and a very light shade of flint rock that is convincing. 89 points.

Then, I tried Chateauvieux Rose D’anjou, Anjou, France, $15. This wine is produced with cabernet franc and light pink in the glass, with expressive aromas of strawberry and crushed raspberries. It is soft and delicate on the palate, with fresh acidity that is pleasant in the mouth. It has succulent flavors of strawberry cream, raspberry and honey. This wine is almost too easy to drink. 88 points.

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