This week’s wine of the week in my CSW class was Vouvray or Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. Vouvray comes in a variety of styles from very dry to very sweet and also sparkling. I chose the Vignobles Lacheteau 2015 Vouvray. This wine was an AOP, the highest category of quality of wine in a French region. The alcohol content was 11.5% and priced under $10.
The color is a clear pale straw.
The aroma was clean with no off odors. It showcased tropical fruit, floral notes and honey.
The palate had light to medium sweetness, with medium acidity and a light to medium body. It offered notes of minerality, tropical fruit, pineapple and honey.
It had a nice long finish at around 35 seconds
Pairing and Comments
Though this wine was a little sweeter than I normally like, when paired with a creamy, salty beef it cut down on the sweetness and was enjoyable. The wine saw no oak and was aged in stainless steel. For under $10 at Trader Joe's, definitely a good buy.
As part of my CSW online webinar, the instructor added a tasting component. Our first wine was a Chinon. I chose the Le Pre’ Vaujour 2016 Chinon, which had 12.5% alcohol and cost around $14. Chinon hails from the central Loire in France.
The wine has a deep, brilliant Ruby-Garnet Color with very subtle legs
The aroma was clean and light with a nose of black fruit and licorice.
The palate was dry with low acidity and medium to high tannins and a light to medium body. Flavors such as black and red fruit and licorice were present.
The finish was short to medium coming in at around 22 seconds.
It would pair well with dark meats and some mild cheeses. I paired it with a creamy, mushroom beef stew and pasta.
This Chinon was exceptionally young and tasted much better the next day displaying earthier more complex notes. It definitely needed some aging.
Summers Sizzle in Arizona and get hot, hot, hot. Though it is cooler up north in Sedona and the Verde Valley, our vineyards and tasting rooms wait until at least October before they start shipping again, especially since parcels travel through Phoenix, where you can fry an egg on the sidewalk in the summer. If you’re on a tour with Sedona Wine and Beer Tours, we always carry a large ice chest to make sure your wines keep cool while on tour. Please don’t leave your wines in your car. Even when it starts to cool down, the car temperatures rise and can really cook and ruin your wines.
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Arizona is fast becoming renowned for its delicious dry white and red wines such as Malvasia, Arneis, Viognier Picpoul, Grenache, Syrah, Moverdra and Tannat, plus many more varietals. However, I’m frequently asked to take guests on a sweet wine flight, which in this state is more challenging. Though many wineries and tasting rooms in Northern Arizona might have only 1 sweet wine on the menu, there are a few that offer either a sweet flight or more options. Those include the Art of Wine, Oak Creek Vineyards, Winery 101 and Trident. So, if you are looking for Arizona sweet wines, don’t despair, we’ll make sure you get to try some!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.