Thursday, October 23, 2014


I recently mentioned how, when the leaves change color in the fall, I can clearly see where one grape varietal ends and another begins out in the vineyards. Around us there is a mix of the varietals used to make Touraine wines. Among them are gamay, cabernet, and côt for the reds, and sauvignon blanc, chenin, and some chardonnay for the whites.

White grapes on the left (probably sauvignon) and red grapes on the right (I don't know which).

Here and there you can also find, if you know what you're looking for, local grapes like grolleau and pineau d'aunis. They're grown in lesser quantity and are used mostly for blending, although the pineau d'aunis makes an excellent dry rosé which is one of my favorite wines.

From a distance, you can clearly see the transition from one varietal to another.

Throwback Thursday has taken today off.


  1. I agree on the dry rosé.

  2. In never ceases to amaze me how much there is to learn about grapes and wine (especially when one knows nothing).


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