Vincent chickens in vineyard

Vinous Table: Restaurant La Galottière, Loire

Vinous Table, France: Loire

Joel B. Payne, Jan 2015

On my first day on the Loire to research my recent article on Cabernet Franc I was surprised to hear every winemaker mentioning the same cook, a gentleman they all just called Vincent.

Cabernet franc at harvest 2014

Loire Valley Cabernet Franc

France: Loire, featured

Joel B. Payne, Dec 2014

Some grapes command great respect in the eyes of consumers; others are hardly known or even ignored. In spite of being part and parcel of many of the most expensive red wines in the world, Cabernet Franc rarely gets the attention it so clearly deserves.

Vouvray cellar vinous

Focus on Loire Valley Chenin Blanc

France: Loire, featured

Joel B. Payne, Dec 2014

For most tourists, the gentle stretch of the Loire that flows from Tours to Angers conjures visions of castles, stately manor homes and lazy afternoons on a bicycle tour along one of the river’s many tributaries.

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Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc

IWC, France: Loire

Joel B. Payne, Sep 2014

I chaptalized for the first time since 2004, admitted Francois Cotat as we tasted his 2013s from barrel, "and also had a bit of botrytis at the end of the harvest

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Best New Wines from the Central Loire

IWC, France: Loire

Josh Raynolds, May 2010

Perhaps no area in France resists categorization more stubbornly than the central Loire Valley

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Focus on Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc

IWC, France: Loire

Josh Raynolds, Mar 2010

Vintages 2008 and 2007 presented growers at the eastern end of the Loire Valley with a series of challenges at crucial points in their growing seasons, both of which were to some extent mitigated by favorable late summers

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2002 Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs

IWC, France: Loire

Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2004

In recent years I have published regular coverage of excellent sauvignon blanc bottlings from New Zealand and South Africa

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Best New Wines from the Loire Valley

IWC, France: Loire

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 1998

Although some 1996 Loire Valley wines have already disappeared from the marketplace, most of the vintage more serious dry reds as well as many whites are now available on retail shelves