January 17th — Loire Valley Châteaux after picturesque Châteaux lining the beautiful banks of the Loire river, running for more than 1000 kilometres, the longest river in France, and unlike the Bordeaux region we just visited, none of these Châteaux make wine! How is that possible? Especially when the Loire Valley is home to an extraordinary number of great wines and many different grape varieties including: Melon de Bourgogne, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Arbois, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, etc. The Loire Valley has 5 distinct areas running west from Nantes on the Atlantic coast, to Anjou, Saumur, Tourrain, and the Central Valley of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. As one travels along the river, the geography, geology and climate all change dramatically, leading to a great diversity in the wines along this stretch. We will taste a range of wines from across this region including Muscadet, Chinon, Bourgueil, Anjou, Savennières, Vouvray and dessert wines such as Bonnezeaux and Coteaux de Layon.