Show 539, August 19, 2023: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part Two

Rick Arline of the City Club Los Angeles

“Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity.”

“From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020.”

Cabernet Franc, the Loire region’s leading red varietal, is generally made into single-varietal wines. “They are crystal-clear and luminous in color, ranging from candy pink to raspberry, with aromatic finesse that is perceptible on the nose. On the palate, they express marked notes of ripe red berries (strawberries, raspberries and red currants) and tropical fruits. Their mellow smoothness mixes with their luscious indulgent character.”

The wines of Loire Valley are generally available locally at your favorite wine merchant including The Wine House in West Los Angeles, K & L Wine Merchants in Hollywood and Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.

Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles continues as our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

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