Woman on Wine with Amy Reiley
Last month I featured the lovely, refreshing, salmon-hued Rosés of Provence. This month I was inspired by a recent Loire tasting to feature a different style of Rosé—also great for summer but wine with more body, more “meatiness.” And since I’m focusing on Loire wines, I wanted to feature another one of my favorite summer wines, Muscadet.
What I like about Muscadet is it’s almost magical ability to pair with any sort of classic summer food from grilled fish to a pile of ribs. It’s a wine that’s traditionally light in style and tends to be low in alcohol—perfect for picnics. Hopefully this month’s feature will encourage you to continue a love affair with Rosé and to start a brand new relationship with Muscadet.
Daheuiller-Domaine des Varinelles
NV Sparkling Rosé
Created by a lovely, four-generation strong family winery, this Rosé makes a lovely and affordable alternative to Brut Rosé Champagne. A classic brunch or lunch wine, it offers crisp acidity, hints of fresh strawberries and nice length.
Barton & Guestier
2013 “Passeport” Rosé
Unlike the bone dry, delicate Rosés of France’s south, Loire pinks sometimes hint at sweetness. Off-dry with bright, red fruit flavors and a tongue-pleasing soft texture, it makes a lovely aperitif.
Domaine des Corbillieres
Heavier than your typical Rosé, this is a wine made to serve with a meal. It offers big red berry flavors and an underlying gameyness. But its most interesting feature is a pepper flavor, which comes from one of the blend’s two grapes, Pineau D’aunis.
A lovely, fruity, easy-to-drink wine with lots of tart citrus and apple flavors. My favorite attribute is a minerality on the finish. This is one of those perfect Muscadets for pairing with anything from Thai food to BBQ.
Domaine de la Potardiere
Muscadet often offers a sexy, musky scent and this wine offers a perfect example of Muscadet’s sexy side. But it also has an inviting texture, delicious citrus flavors and a clean finish.
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