The Loire Valley is France’s most diverse wine region, producing excellent and affordable wines in every style. Although best known for crisp dry white wines, including definitive examples of Sauvignon Blanc and the unique seaside wines of Muscadet, and the rich aromatic white wines made from Chenin Blanc, the Loire Valley also produces fruity red wines from Pinot Noir and Gamay and earthy red wines from Cabernet Franc and Malbec. In addition, there are dry and off-dry rosé, elegant sparkling wines and luscious sweet wines.
The rosé wines of the Loire Valley are refreshing, full of flavor and are excellent for barbecues or picnics, and they pair very well with Asian cuisines. They can be dry or off-dry and the sweeter wines are the perfect transition wine for "white Zinfandel" drinkers who want to learn more about wine.
The red wines of the Loire Valley range from fresh and fruity to rich and earthy, but they are never overpowering. The lighter ones can be served chilled at a summer barbecue, and the fuller bodied are excellent for companions for hearty dishes.
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The sparkling wines of the Loire have all the elegance one could want for celebrations, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed for any reason, at any time, just for fun.
The sweet wines of the Loire Valley are among the world’s best. They are affordable luxury -- dessert in a bottle -- that further demonstrate the amazing versatility of Chenin Blanc.