A French Red Wine – Sancerre

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Saumur, Loire Valley, France

I Love French Wine and Food – A Red Sancerre

If you are hankering for some fine French wine and food, you should consider the Loire Valley region of central France. You may even find a bargain, and really I hope that you’ll have fun on this fact-filled wine education tour in which we review a red Sancerre wine based on the Pinot Noir grape coming from the eastern part of the Loire Valley.

The Loire is France’s longest river. Of the eleven French wine-growing regions the Loire Valley ranks third in total vineyard acreage. It is subdivided into four regions going from west to east: Nantais, Anjou-Saumur, Touraine, and Central Vineyards, the home of the wine reviewed below. This region’s major white grape is Sauvignon Blanc and major red grape is Pinot Noir.

Sancerre vue des vignes de Didier Prieur

Scancerre

Sancerre is a medieval hilltop town home to fewer than two thousand residents. The town’s name is synonymous with a white wine. The town may have hosted a temple dedicated to Julius Caesar. Sancerre is proud to have pushed back the British twice during the Hundred Years’ War and to have been a regional command center for the French Resistance in World War II. Sights to see include the Sixteenth Century bell tower Belfry of St. Jean, the Tour des Fiefs, the remains of a feudal chateau built at the end of the Fourteenth Century, and the wine exposition house dating from the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries. You’ll enjoy the medieval streets and fine food and wine.

Before reviewing the Loire wine and imported cheeses that we were lucky enough to purchase at a local wine store and a local Italian food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region. Start with Salade de Perdreau Roti (Roasted Partridge Salad). For your second course savor Pot au Feu de Canette (Duckling Stew). And as dessert indulge yourself with Crepe au Grand Marnier (Grand Marnier Crepe).

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Wine Reviewed Fournier Sancerre Rouge 2003 12.5% alcohol about

Let’s start by quoting the marketing materials. Red Sancerre is made exclusively from Pinot Noir. These wines are rarely seen in our market because a large portion of them are enjoyed locally. In the Loire, red wines require a warm, consistent growing season to obtain ripeness. In 2003, with the European-wide heatwave, Fournier was able to achieve just that. The wine exhibits classic Pinot aromas and flavors of cheery, underbrush and beetroot. The producer recommends serving this wine, lightly chilled, with bouillabaisse.

Bouillabaisse

And now for my review.

My first meal consisted of beef stew and potatoes with a Tunisian hot pepper sauce and Moroccan spiced carrots. The wine was earthy and somewhat powerful tasting of black cherries and tobacco. This Pinot Noir had no trouble dealing with the meat’s spicy sauce.

The second meal was an Atlantic salmon marinated in a commercial Italian-style grill sauce. The fish was accompanied by potatoes roasted in chicken fat. The wine was round and earthy, and relatively long. There was some aftertaste.

The final pairing involved a purchased barbecued chicken breast, once again potatoes roasted in chicken fat, and caponata, Italian style eggplant with tomatoes, garlic, and olives. Quite surprisingly the wine was plummy. The combination was excellent, bringing out the fruit in the wine.

Something happened and I did not get to taste this wine with cheese. As you may be aware, I am not usually all that happy with wine and cheese pairings. Anyway, my apologies and at least for the time being I plan to go back to wine and cheese tastings.

Final verdict. I think that the wine was overpriced. To my way of thinking a wine priced in the mid-twenties it should have been excellent more than once out of three tastings. I definitely won’t buy it again just to try the wine and cheese pairings. And it is simply impossible to get authentic Bouillabaisse this far from Marseille.

Levi Reiss authored or co-authored ten computers and Internet books, but prefers drinking fine German, Italian, or other wine with the right foods and people. He teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of wines and new sections writing about and tasting organic and kosher wines.
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The Loire region produces some of the world’s best wine. The still whites of the region from Amboise downriver to Saumur are distinctive, high-quality, fruity and well-rounded – from both small and large producers. The region also produces ‘Method Traditionel’ (champagne style) sparkling wines, which are a little more fruity and every-bit the equal of their expensive counterparts, but do not carry the premium of the appellation.

There are numerous co-operatives which operate within small appellations, as well as small independent producers, and large companies. Most producers have their own ‘cave’ (wine cellar, carved out of the local tufa rock) which offers tours and wine-tasting. Tasting is usually free, and there is no obligation to make a purchase. Small producers will often show you round their caves personnally.

There are many wine-festivals through the summer months – these are well worth the visit to make contact with producers – some of whom will send wine internationally. Try also the various ‘route de vignobles’ – designated tours around the vineyards, details are available in tourist information offices, from small villages to large towns – Source: wikitravel.org

Sancerre is a French wine Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for wine produced in the environs of Sancerre in the eastern part of the Loire valley, southeast of Orléans. Almost all of the appellation lies on the left bank of the Loire, opposite Pouilly-Fumé. It is well regarded for and primarily associated with Sauvignon blanc, making wines of great purity and elegance. Some Pinot Noir is also grown, accounting for around 20% of the region’s production, making mostly light red wines for quaffing under the designation of Sancerre Rouge. A rosé style from Pinot noir is also produced in a style similar to Beaujolais.

White Sancerre was one of the original AOCs awarded in 1936, with the same area being designated for red wines on 23 January 1959. The AOC area has expanded fourfold over the years, most recently on 18 March 1998. The town lies on an outcrop of the chalk that runs from the White cliffs of Dover down through the Champagne and Chablis. A series of small valleys cut through the chalk, each with their own soils and microclimate and terroir. In the east are the ‘flints’ that make minerally, long-lived wines. Between the town and Verdigny the soil consists of marl and gravel – ‘les caillottes’, producing fruity, well balanced wines. And in the southwest, away from the river towards Menetou-Salon, the chalky ‘terres blanches’ (white ground) produce weightier wines. Most – but not all – of the Sauvignon Blancs are unoaked – Source: Wikipedia.org

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Red Wine Benefits Improve Your Health

Every year there are numerous headlines about the health benefits of red wine. But can drinking it really make a difference? The good news is yes. Recent studies that there are many health benefits associated with moderate red wine consumption. Not only can consuming one to two glasses a day help protect us from heart disease, it also safeguards against many other ailments.

For many centuries, several cultures have found that wine is an important role in happiness and a healthy lifestyle. In the modern world, wine is accepted as a healthful drink, and in the United States are we are rediscovering its medicinal value and benefits.

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The French Paradox

The French paradox was a term coined by Dr. Serge Renaud to describe the apparent unusual relationship where the French, especially those in the South of France, eat incredible amounts of artery clogging and heart-stopping saturated fats, smoke heavily, and exercise very little, yet their incidences of coronary heart disease are very low. Their daily and moderate consumption of red wine was given as the most likely factor for this phenomenon. His investigation into this paradox led to the conclusion that it was the French people’s consumption of red wine protecting their hearts from the saturated fats they consume. Renaud appeared on 60 Minutes in 1991 to outline the details of his French paradox theory and within weeks of this program airing, sales of red wine in the United States increased by 40 percent (about 2.5 million bottles).

The Healing Properties of Red Wine

Red wine is made from a fruit which is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which help to protect our bodies from free radicals. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. Today, many studies have shown that red wine derives its health benefits from high levels of an antioxidant called “resveratrol” present in the seeds, skins and fermented grapes. Because of the long process and extensive fermentation of grapes in red wine production, high levels of resveratrol are found in bottled red wine. As defined, resveratrol is a type of polyphenol known as “phytoalexin” that is a group a compounds that plants use to defend themselves attacks such as undue stress, possible injuries, or UV radiation, and certain diseases such a fungus and infection.

The Health Benefits of Consuming Red Wine

  • It is good for the heart – There are specific substances in wines like tannins and flavonoids which can increase the levels of good cholesterol or high density lipoproteins (HDL) in an individual’s blood. Wine’s antioxidants also lower the bad cholesterol or low density lipoproteins (LDL) therefore preventing an individual from developing various cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, and strokes. It also contains resveratrol which has an anti-clotting effect, lowering the risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • It may help prevent menopause, breast cancer – and estrogen related conditions in the body because resveratrol is also a phytoestrogen, which mimics the estrogen in the body
  • Helps prevent the development of certain neuro-degenerative diseases – Studies have shown that that the resveratrol present in wine can help prevent aging individuals from developing diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, that affect people as they age.
  • It can help prevent food poisoning – Certain compounds in the wine help cleanse toxins from the body. It can also help an individual to avoid dysentery and diarrhea.
  • Red wine can prevent and cure various gum diseases – Gum disease which is caused by inflamed tissue in the gums is a common affliction, especially among smokers. Individuals with gum disease are often advised to drink red wine because the polyphenols in it can lower the levels of free-radicals that cause infection and bacterial growth in the mouth.
  • Consumption can help prevent certain cancers – Due to the antioxidant effect of resveratrol, experts believe that moderate and regular consumption may help possible cancer cells from multiplying
  • It can prevent the development and progression of dementia – especially in older individuals.

While many Europeans would argue that many glasses or even of bottles of wine each day with dinner is moderate and healthy, many experts define moderate consumption as two glasses a day for men and one glass a day for women (due to differences in metabolism and weight). Over four glasses a day, Renaud warns wine has an adverse effect on death rates. Although it still protects the heart, excessive drinking increases the risk of cancer and liver and kidney disease. In moderate amounts, detoxifying small amount of alcohol is not a strain on these organs. However, once you exceed four glasses a day the liver and kidneys become overworked cleaning out your system.So where does all this leave us? Is red wine beneficial to our health?

The answer is certainly yes, but you must temper your enthusiasm for wine with responsibility. If you can drink moderately then you will benefit, if you cannot you may suffer the harmful effects of alcohol. In addition, wine is not a cure-all. Simply drinking wine is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet, regular exercise and not smoking. So drink to your health! But do so responsibly and moderately so that you may continue to enjoy great wine for many years to come!

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The issue of wine and health is a topic of considerable discussion and research. Wine has a long history of use as an early form of medication, being recommended variously as a safe alternative to drinking water, an antiseptic for treating wounds and a digestive aid, as well as a cure for a wide range of ailments from lethargy and diarrhea to easing the pain of child birth.

Ancient Egyptian Papyri and Sumerian tablets dating back to 2200 BC detail the medicinal role of wine, making it the world’s oldest documented man-made medicine. Wine continued to play a major role in medicine until the late 19th and early 20th century, when changing opinions and medical research on alcohol and alcoholism cast doubt on the role of wine as part of a healthy lifestyle and diet.

In the late 20th and early 21st century, fueled in part by public interest in reports by the U.S. news broadcast 60 Minutes on the so-called “French Paradox”, the medical establishment began to re-evaluate the role of moderate wine consumption in health. Studies have since shown positive benefits of the phenolic compound resveratrol with continued research attempting to better understand its functions in wine and the body.

The 1990s and early 21st century saw a renewed interest in the health benefits of wine, ushered in by increasing research suggesting that moderate wine drinkers have lower mortality rates than heavy drinkers or teetotalers.In November 1991, the U.S. news program 60 Minutes aired a broadcast on the so-called “French Paradox”. Featuring the research work of Bordeaux scientist Serge Renaud, the broadcast dealt with the seemingly paradoxical relationship between the high fat/high dairy diets of French people and the low occurrence of cardiovascular disease among them. The broadcast drew parallels to the American and British diets which also contained high levels of fat and dairy but which featured high incidences of heart disease. One of the theories proposed by Renaud in the broadcast was that moderate consumption of red wine was a risk-reducing factor for the French and that wine could have more positive health benefits yet to be studied. Following the 60 Minutes broadcast, sales of red wine in the United States jumped 44% over previous years.

This changing view of wine can be seen in the evolution of the language used in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Dietary Guidelines. The 1990 edition of the guidelines contained the blanket statement that “wine has no net health benefit”. By 1995, the wording had been changed to allow moderate consumption with meals providing the individual had no other alcohol-related health risk. From a research perspective, scientists began differentiating alcohol consumption among the various classes of beverages – wine, beer and spirits. This distinction allowed studies to highlight the positive medical benefits of wine apart from the mere presence of alcohol. However wine drinkers tend to share similar lifestyle habitats – better diets, regular exercise, non-smoking – that may in themselves be a factor in the supposed positive health benefits compared to drinkers of beer and spirits or those who abstain completely.

Danish epidemiological studies suggest that a number of psychological health benefits come from drinking wine. In a study testing this idea, Mortensen et al. (2001) measured socioeconomic status, education, IQ, personality, psychiatric symptoms, and health related behaviors, which included alcohol consumption. The analysis was then broken down into groups of those who drank beer, those who drank wine, and then those who did and did not drink at all. The results showed that for both men and women drinking wine was related to higher parental social status, parental education and the social status of the subjects. When the subjects were given an IQ test, wine drinkers consistently scored higher IQs than their counterpart beer drinkers. The average difference of IQ between wine and beer drinkers was 18 points. In regards to psychological functioning, personality, and other health-related behaviors, the study found wine drinkers to operate at optimal levels while beer drinkers performed below optimal levels.

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The Willamette Valley is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its emergence from mountains near Eugene to its confluence with the Columbia River at Portland. A small part of the Willamette Valley ecoregion is in southwestern Washington, around the city of Vancouver. Being a productive agricultural area, the valley was the destination of choice for the emigrants on the Oregon Trail in the 1840s. It has formed the cultural and political heart of Oregon since the days of the Oregon Territory, and is home to 70% of Oregon’s population.

In recent decades, the valley has also become a major wine producer, with multiple American Viticultural Areas of its own. With a cooler climate than California, the gently rolling hills surrounding the Willamette are home to some of the best (and most-expensive) pinot noir in the world, as well as a high-quality pinot gris.It is home to Eyrie Vineyards, winner of the Pinot Noir competition at the Wine Olympics held in Paris in 1979.

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Tuscan Wine Tours – An Exciting Experience

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As part of the Zagat Presents series, L’Artusi co-owners Joe Campanale and Gabriel Thompson gave a tour through one of Italy’s smallest and most coveted wine regions, Valle D’Aosta. Throughout the evening, wine director Campanale discussed his affection for the region, its history and wines while executive chef Thompson explained the decision process behind his menu of rustic Tuscan dishes and how they were carefully paired with each wine. Photo taken by Ryan Charles.

Tuscan Wine Tours – An Exciting Experience


How about taking a vacation with a slight difference? Instead of going to a place and visiting museums, beaches or art galleries, why don’t you go on a wine tour? Tourists are taken to wine plantations and are made to taste the most exotic and finest of wines. You will also get a first-hand experience of watching how wines are made and will be invited to create the exciting beverage by yourselves.

Wine tours in Italy are the most popular among tourists these days. Italy has a rich and fascinating culture which is informative and entertaining at the same time. Especially when it comes to Tuscany, the place is a cornucopia of pleasure. The choicest wines in the world come from this place. Tuscan wine tours are in huge demand these days. Recent statistics have shown that almost 45% of tourists in the year 2010 have quoted that wine tours in Tuscany have been an enriching experience for them rather than going to a beach or vacationing at a hill station.

So what happens when you go on such tours? Your accommodation will be arranged in a villa and every care will be taken to see that you are comfortable and at ease. This mode of lodging ensures that a friendly bond is formed among the people. Villa style accommodation gives these vacations an edge over hotels because there will always be a touch of formality in the services of a hotel be it budget or a five-star. Tuscan wine tours aim at family-type bonding so that tourists can actually enjoy their vacation.

You will be taken to wine estates where you can watch the entire manufacturing process of one of the most famous beverages of this world. Grape harvesting will also be taught to you. Some cellars are owned by families for centuries where you will be taken for tasting purposes. You will also learn about the different types of wine and food pairings, i.e. which cuisine goes best with what type of wine.

When it comes to wine tours in Italy, there are various packages available to suit the convenience and budget of each tourist. However, it will be certainly worth your while to stretch your budget slightly as this vacation will be something to cherish forever. Italians are known for their charm and friendliness and they will extend a warm welcome to you and make you feel at home.

Are you tempted to book places for Tuscan wine tours right away? Then www.tuscanway.com is the ultimate destination for you. All you have to do is to visit their website and choose the package that you want. It will be a unique and one-of-a kind vacation for you with hospitable hosts to make you feel as if you are in your own home. Lose yourself in the authentic culture of Tuscany!

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