You know when you were a little kid and your parents would take you to a sporting event (in my case, hockey games) and the vendors would walk by selling edibles and you’d lose your three-year-old mind? That’s what happens to me first thing in the morning on Tuesdays when Astor Wines sends me their newsletter.
I’m a sucker for a deal and on Tuesdays they feature a different wine region and give you 15 % off selected products. This morning I started screaming like a toddler for cotton candy at a Detroit Tigers game because today….it was Loire Valley day
Loire Valley day. I sat up in my bed, removed my retainers and reached for my wallet.
It felt kind of like Rex Manning day – except instead of Maxwell Caufield in eyeliner (no, I did NOT have to IMBD that) I get white wines I really like to drink. I have an abundance of Sancerre on hand because its usually perfection. Therefore, my mission was to purchase different types of wine and spend less than $100 total. Oh Rexy, you're so sexy!
This is what we ended up with:
Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine, Dom. de la Pepière – 2009
Tasting Notes - Great, refreshing Muscadet with vibrant minerality. Of course, this is perfect for oysters (‘Of course’….way to be snooty French wine), but with its good round body (like mine), it's also great with light poultry or vegetable dishes. (See, I can drink this WITH vegetables and I’m so healthy) From a Practicing Organic estate. (And so very eco-conscious)
Vouvray Sec "Clos Naudin", Foreau – 2008
Tasting Notes - Amazing concentration of crisp chalky Chenin Blanc, (You had me at amazing) with tangy quince and mineraled honey. Try it with chèvre for a classic wine-food match (I have it in my fridge RIGHT NOW). This wine will evolve nicely for 10+ years. (Sorry, friends, bottles under $100 don’t make it 10 weeks at my house, so 10 years ain’t happening)
Muscadet "Briords", Marc Ollivier - 2009
Tasting Notes - Briords (How do you pronounce that?) is stony, mineral driven with floral and citrus fruit. Enjoy in its youth or amaze yourself with the ageability of top grower Muscadet. A natural match with oysters (Naturally), cured salmon (Even Better, I’m a Jew) and most anything from the sea. (Except for that old boot all fisherman bring in from the sea, that’s not a great pairing)
Total $81.55 plus tax.
Sadly, the first (and funnier) draft of this was sucked into the Internet Black Hole at 8:45 this morning. What I’ve discovered since that time trying to recreate this post ? The Muscadets are 1.5L instead of the usual 750 ml. Which means these wines are probably going to be really gross….which means I should pair them with oysters per their suggestion? Drink them REALLY fast?
But what this REALLY means - I shouldn’t buy wine in bed before coffee.