Welcome to the Loire Valley in France! Rich in history, culture and food, this region has several distinct wine regions and was also designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. Famous for its natural beauty, magnificent chateaus, in fact, you can drive through this region and stay at many of them and it’s a drive worth taking, especially because you can sip wine along the way.
Loire Valley is France’s most diverse wine region, producing wonderful wines that are fresh, friendly and fun. Wine lovers and sommeliers alike adore wines from this region because of their varied style, premium quality and excellent value. Not to mention, wines from this region are moderate in alcohol, have refreshing acidity making them fabulous with food, and pure expression of varietal and terroir.
Here are 6 great Loire Valley wines available from the LCBO to try:
Vouvray, Barton & Gaustier, Les Petites Parcelles, Chenin Blanc 2019
If you don’t know Vouvray and you love wine, this is a must-try. I have never had a Vouvray that I haven’t loved and Chenin Blanc is such a wonderful grape. It’s personally one of my favourite grapes of all time, and I consider it a sister to Chardonnay. Chenin is the most widespread grape in the Loire, and there are many styles, all of which you will love! Try this wine with creamy cheese, Asian cuisine or roasted chicken.
Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Chateau de la Grange, Vieilles Vignes, 2018
This wine is made with Melon de Bourgogne grapes and it’s perfect for your brunch gatherings to surprise your wine-loving friends. The wine is unique on its own, but familiar in its taste. If you haven’t heard of Melon de Bourgogne, this is definitely a wine you need to try and share. Take this wine and pair it with oysters for a perfect pairing!
IGP Val de Loire, Parlez Vous Sauvignon Blanc
Fresh, fabulous and the perfect companion for your weekend picnics, if you love Sauvignon Blanc this is a Loire Valley wine you have to try!
Touriane, Thierry Delauney Sauvignon Blanc 2020
This is another fabulous Sauvignon Blanc that has citrus, minerality and fresh racy acidity. With notes of honeydew, pear and citrus, try this wine while you elevate your scrambled eggs with lobster and caviar. It’s a perfect way to upgrade your at-home brunch!
Sancerre, Jean-Max Roger, Cuvée Genèse, 2019
Another delightful Sauvignon Blanc, have a sauvignon blanc party and bring this lovely bottle to a gathering for a taste-off between France and the rest of the world! Serve with some local goat cheese and have a fun SB wine-tasting party with your pals!
Pouilly-Fumé, Patrice Moreaux, Corty Artisa, La Loge Aux Moines 2017
An SB with a bit more weight, this is a fabulous and refreshing white. It’s a Loire Valley wine that will have you truly understanding that there are differences in Sauvignon Blanc from around the world. Give it a try!