Vouvrays are made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Light gold in color. The nose is lovely with apricot, some orange peel, minerals and salinity. The palate is sweet. Not full on dessert wine, but sweet. Flavors of lemon hard candy; that sort of sweet/sour combination on the attack. The mid-palate has more oranges. Finishing back at the lemon hard candy. Long finish. This has good acidity and is food friendly. It also is full bodied and deep and works well on its own especially early on a nice summer evening outside. It is delicious. No doubt this could last for twenty years or more
Autumn is here and for most of us, that means shifting from the lighter summer rosés, whites and BBQ Reds into something that matches with heartier food or sitting by the fire on a chilly fall evening. At every party though there is someone who says they only drink white wine. Sometimes he or she means sweet, but often dry wines work too. Just like red wines, however, there are white wines that work great for the autumn season too.
Among Americans, the Loire Valley is most often associated with gardens and castles and not much else. We journey the 150 kilometers southwest from Paris and take a day or two visiting Chateau de Chambord and Chenonceau, all the while enjoying the delightful flora and thinking of bygone days when princes and noblemen still roamed the cavernous halls in this ancient land. But the French know better. They know what we foreigners are just beginning to discover—that some of the most interesting, delicious, and affordable wines in the world hail from the chalky soil on which those famous castles stand.