Wine for Normal People
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A podcast for people who like wine but not the attitude that goes with it. We talk about wine in a fun, straightforward, normal way to get you excited about it and help you drink better, more interesting stuff. Back catalog available at http://winefornormalpeople.libsyn.com.
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Ep 232: Loire's Central Vineyards (Sancerre, Pouilly Fume and more!)
6 days ago
It's a small part of the wine world but one you should know: the Central Vineyards of the Loire Valley, which include Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Menetou-Salon & others. Great Sauvignon Blanc, up and coming Pinot Noir, and fantastic rosé. History, soils and dorkiness abound in this podcast, which will make your mouth water and have you running out to get these wines ASAP! The Central Loire Vineyards: Overview In the center of the Loire Valley, in the heart of France. All of the Central Vineyard appellations are within 80 kilometres (50 miles) of center of France Continental climate with decent rainfall Appellations Sancerre White, red, and rosé 3 main types of soil in the two appellations: Limestone (known locally as caillottes) – vines planted on white rock Kimmeridgean terres blanches (clay limestone) Silex (flint) In Sancerre, the caillottes and terres blanches account for 40% each and silex accounts for 20% of vineyard soils Often steepest vineyards best: Bué, Chavignol, Champtin Producers: Alphonse Mellot, Domaines Fouassier and Vacheron, Lucien Crochet Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-sur-Loire – Pouilly-Fumé only Sauvignon Blanc Pouilly-sur-Loire only Chasselas Soils -- similar to Sancerre Producers: Alexandre Bain, Domaine Didier Dagueneau, Ladoucette Difference between Pouilly and Sancerre: Sancerre is a more cohesive appellation, Pouilly has no clear centre – not touristy Sancerre has strong leading producers: Alphonse Mellot, Jean-Marie Bourgeois, Denis Vacheron and others, to promote the appellation. Pouilly – no cohesion: the late Didier Dagueneau attacked lax practices of his fellow producers. Ladoucette is largest producer is Pouilly -- is an international businessman based in Paris Pouilly has been lower quality than Sancerre in recent years. Shows promise but Sancerre is better quality and reliable Menetou-Salon Southwest of Sancerre: More gently rolling than that of Sancerre Vineyards more dispersed than Pouilly and Sancerre, more variable Revival going on now Producers: Pierre and Isabelle Clément, Domaine du Chatenoy, Domaine Philippe Gilbert Quincy All Sauvignon Blanc First appellation created in Loire Flattest of the areas, prone to hail Reuilly Dry, crisp Sauv Blanc with some Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris for red and dry rosé Slightly better than Quincy Coteaux du Giennois Vines are close to the Loire, mostly on its eastern bank Light-bodied, fruity and crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc Reds have to be PN and Gamay blend – not good Dry rosé good The limestone soil is flinty. Châteaumeillant – only 1% exported, Although included in the Central Loire, Châteaumeillant is apart from the rest - in the northern foothills of the Massif Central Granitic soil (Granite) Specializes in rosé wine known as vin gris, reds from Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes ____________________________________________ Thank you to our sponsors this week: YOU! The podcast supporters on Patreon, who are helping us to make the podcast possible and who we give goodies in return for their help! Check it out today: https://www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople The Great Courses Plus -- who makes you smarter and more well rounded! With thousands of outstanding video lectures that you can watch or listen to any time and anywhere, The Great Courses Plus is an easy way to stimulate your brain and make you smarter! For a free trial, support the show and go to my special URL thegreatcoursesplus.com/wine HelloFresh! A meal kit delivery service that shops, plans and delivers your favorite step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients so you can just cook, eat and enjoy! Delivered right to your door, with a variety of chef-curated recipes that change weekly, this is a new way to eat and cook! We love it! For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit www.hellofresh.com and enter WINE30. You won't regret it! Vivino You can use the Vivino app to scan and keep track of wines NOW -- Shop through their web store, which has great prices and a huge inventory! It can give you suggestions based on bottles you’ve liked in the past. Use their premium service to get 30 days free shipping Visit www.Vivino.com/WineForNormalPeople to stock up
Rated 1 out of
have a glass of wine instead
Just two people uttering pointless blather losely about wine. I could say more informative things about wine!
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 5 out of
smart witty and fun
I have learned so much from this podcast its like sitting down with a bunch of friends
Date published: 2014-02-18