Just after it passes these famous villages, the Loire bends to the west, sweeping in an arc through Orleans and into the Touraine. Inexpensive Sauvignon from the Touraine can be found here, good summery and inexpensive. But the best known wines are the superb dry and sweet white wines made from the Chenin Blanc grape grown on chalky soils in vineyards surrounding the villages of Vouvray and Mont Louis, and terrific reds from Cabernet Franc in Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. Olga Raffualt is one of my favorite reds, delicious and fresh when young and able age for years in the best vintages.
Finally in the east is Muscadet, just to the north and east of the start of this years Tour in the Vendee. Its crisp, racy high acid whites perfect with the seafood and shellfish of this region by the sea.
So grab a glass of wine from the Loire, turn on the Versus network and drink in the beautiful scenery of this spectacular region of France. For a list of wines from the Loire available at 56 Degree Wine - click here and type "Loire" in the search box. See the list below for a couple of favorites. For a truly in depth explaination of the Loire, visit the Wine Doctor website - Cheers!
Claude Lafonde Reuilly 2009
2008 Domaine Damien Lorieux Bourgueil Cucee Graviers
Gasnier Chinon Rose 2010
2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec
2009 Domaine de la Potine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
2009 Domaine Serge Laporte Sancerre Chavignol