Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday fifites

Most of the wine that Ken and I drink is very local to where we live. Some of it is grown right outside our back gate. A lot comes from within a few kilometers of our town, grown on the heights on either side of the Cher River. But we also drink wine from farther afield. I've gotten into the habit of buying Chablis at a local event where wine producers from other regions come to show and sell their products. We visited that particular winery in Chablis in 2014. Chablis is made from chardonnay and it makes a nice change from the local sauvignon blanc. Every now and then we enjoy wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Languedoc, and, of course, Champagne. Most of those come from the supermarket.

Welcome to Limeray, 50mm, f/8.0, 1/100s, ISO 320.

Those other places are too far away to drive to on a regular basis; even Chablis is a three hour drive from here. Still, there are wine areas closer by, like Vouvray, Valençay, Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur, all part of the larger Loire Valley wine region, as we are, and each with its own special characteristics. On Wednesday, we drove up to Limeray which is in the Touraine Amboise AOC area. We stopped at one individual winery and a cooperative winery and came back with a trunk full of good stuff: over 50 liters of wine, including gamay, sweet and dry sauvignon, and some dry chenin. A nice haul!

9 comments:

  1. This photo makes me homesick for France. I've learned a lot about your wines from reading your and Ken's blogs. Merci!

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  2. What does the black bump sign mean, the one that looks like a snake swallowed an elephant?

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  3. evelyn, I know what you mean about being homesick for France.

    judy, it either means that the Little Prince was here, or that there's a speed bump ahead. ;)

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  4. One of the many envies and admirations I have for your life/area is everything seems so 'local', even the signs. In contrast everything here seems part of a chain or mass-production.

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  5. I can't believe you have to drive 3 hours for Chablis. Here in Spain, we can get it right around the corner.

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    1. mitch, I have to drive 3 hours to BE in Chablis. I can buy the wine here. ;)

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    2. Walt the Fourth:
      It's a sad day for me when YOU don't get my [poor] sense of humour. I did understand completely and thought I was being so clever. Excuse me while I go around the corner for some Chablis.

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    3. mitch, lol. I got it. I thought I was being the clever one. Perhaps I had too much chablis...

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  6. spouse and I like wines from your home state. we have to drive up there to purchase it though, as our state is so effed up on alcohol purchasing/consumption...

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