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Fearrington Events, The Goat
August 30, 2013 10:42 AM | By Our Somms | No Comments
Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts! Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, inspect all wine glasses for visual symmetry before purchasing, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m.
The Loire Valley plays host for both of the wines for this week, specifically the coastal region of Muscadet. The Loire River empties into the Atlantic Ocean here, giving the area cooler maritime climate when compared to much of the rest of the valley. Melon de Bourgogne is the grape variety for all wines labeled Muscadet, and this region is almost synonymous with “sur lie” aging. Aging wine “sur lie,” or on the lees, (dead or residual yeast cells) can accomplish a number of tasks. Hovever, in the case of Muscadet, it serves to add a yeasty or breaded quality to what is a fairly sharp, high acid wine, boosting its weight, aroma, and taste. Both of the wines this week see extended contact with the lees (12+ months) the results of which are incredibly delicious! If you ever have fresh oysters, almost nothing pairs better than Muscadet.
Joseph Landron’s Atmospheres Brut sparkling white takes bright, lively apple and green citrus fruit and combines it with a breaded richness, making this perfect for fried seafood.
Brangers “Terroir Les Gras Moutons” Muscadet Serve-et-Maine is lighter bodied (although quite concentrated by Muscadet standards), fragrant, and intensely mineral. This is shellfish wine!
See you Friday!!!