I’ll bet at some point in your life a French wine stole your heart. It seems to often steel hearts worldwide including mine. In fact, I do love French wine. Not to say I’m less fond of wines from other countries. Reds, whites, and bubbles from all over the world lasso me. But this month, a month of love and valentines, romance and foods that go with all of the above I’m choosing France. February’s French Winophiles segment is about wines with a name or concept reminiscent of l’amour.
France is a country associated with love and wine. Saint Valentin, a village in the center of the Loire Valley is known as the “Village des Amoureux” (village of love) and where a Valentine’s Day festival flowing with wine and food is held annually for several days in February. The Paris High Court of Love established in 1400 dealt with the important love contract. And simply strolling through a vineyard, or along a river at sunset can make you fall in love with this country.
I first met Martin Kaiser at the August 2017 Society of Wine Educator’s 41st conference in Portland, Oregon. Three months later Mark and I met him in Malbec country on the southern edge of Luján de Cuyo outside Mendoza, Argentina. Our purpose? To learn more about the wines of Doña Paula where he’s viticulturist and terrior lover. He conducted extensive vineyard research throughout the area to better understand the environment where Malbec thrives.
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