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Vouvray Wines: Sweet and Delightful Pairings

William S. Shepard, Wine Editor | Tuesday, Oct 11th 2016
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Vouvray Wines: Tasting and Pairing Suggestions It was some years ago–when I was a member of a group of teenagers bicycling through the Loire Valley–that I discovered Vouvray wines.  The setting was idyllic. We camped in the Loire Valley after a day of bicycling through the countryside. We would make stops every day to see ...

Loire Valley Wine Pairings: We Love This Easy 5 Course Menu

William S. Shepard, Wine Editor | Thursday, Aug 18th 2016
Loire Valley Wine
Perfect Loire Valley Wine Pairings: A 5 Course Menu Loire Valley wine pairings are perfect during the summer.  Informal entertaining is the preference of many hosts. You want your guests to have a memorable occasion. But it is just not the season for breaking out the best china and serving vintage Bordeaux wines. Many people prefer ...

Sancerre Wine: The Best Whites to Drink Now!

William S. Shepard, Wine Editor | Tuesday, Jun 14th 2016
Sancerre Wine
Sancerre Wine: The Best Whites to Drink Now! Here is a problem for the wine lover. We were celebrating a birthday dinner at a fine local restaurant, and fresh caught Chesapeake Bay rockfish (striped bass) was that evening’s special dish. The wine menu was passed to me, and I found that the selection of familiar […]

Pouilly-Fumé: Affordable White Wines to Try Now

William S. Shepard, Wine Editor | Saturday, May 14th 2016
Pouilly-Fumé Wines
Pouilly-Fumé White Wines (Not to Confuse With Pouilly-Fuissé)! Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé may sound similar, but they are not! Last month’s excursion was to the land of Muscadet wine, where the Loire meets the Atlantic Ocean. Let’s continue the wine tour at the Upper Loire, where Sauvignon Blanc grapes predominate. ...

Muscadet Wine: a Great Value to Pair With Seafood Now

William S. Shepard, Wine Editor | Friday, Mar 18th 2016
Muscadet wine and history blend in the Northern Loire Valley of France. This is a favored wine for seafood and the finest wine for oysters. This wine is produced throughout the region, where the Loire River meets the sea. Yet it is worth remembering that the grape of Muscadet, the Melon de Bourgogne, is a rather thin grape. […]
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