A virtual tour of the Loire Valley.

The Loire Valley is one of my favorite wine areas in France, particularly because of the flavors that the cool climate and the chalky, stony soil contribute. The best way to learn about it is to actually go there, although for those of you that, like myself, can't just hop over to Europe for a wine fueled, educational cruise down the river, the next best way is to come to our French Class this Sunday!

Our resident French Professor, Dr. Allison Weems, will take us on a virtual tour of France, region by region, starting with the Loire Valley. She will give us the basics of the French language, tailored specifically to travelers. Greetings, survival phrases, and basic wine phrases will all be covered.

While Dr. Weems is parlez-vous-ing français, I will go over some of the main wine areas and describe what you can expect to drink from town to town when you go over for real. I will talk about the unique terroir of the Valley and what that means for the wine in your glass. I'll cover the really famous towns that you really HAVE to visit on your Loire trip, and give you an idea of the flavor differences between them. What is the difference in style between Pouilly Fume and Sancerre anyway?

Email Dr. Weems to sign up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and be on the lookout for "Vin Francais", an overview of the wines of France, coming soon to the Asheville School of Wine!
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Tuesday, 25 February 2020