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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Salon des Vins de Loire 2014

I have just received my invitation to the Salon des Vins de Loire, one of France’s largest trade wine fairs, to be held at the Parc des Expositions, Angers, between 3rd – 5th February 2014.

Salon des Vins de Loire

The Loire Valley is a vineyard 1000 km long and is the number one producer of AOP white wines and, next Champagne, the number one producer of sparkling wines.

Around 4oo million bottles of wine are produced each year on 70,000 ha of vineyards by 7,000 wine producers. 73 million bottles are exported and 9000 trade buyers from around the world regularly attend. The fair is the venue for one of the most prestigious wine competitions, the Palmarès Ligers, and a highlight of the show is the opportunity to taste many of the winning wines.

At the same time there are usually a number of smaller fairs promoting, for example, Loire Valley organic wines, so the first week of February is always a busy period for us. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

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Wine, St. Vincent and Saint Martin

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Looking for the explanation for the  patron saints of wine makers I came across this great poster inspired by van Gogh, wine and good Saint Vincent of Saragossa. Saint Vincent, whose feast day is January 22nd,  is one of a number who is venerated by winemakers, including St. Martin, St. Trifon, St. Armand, Saint Goar, Saint Lawrence, St. Morand and St. Walter.

Saint Martin is a Loire Valley character, having been persuaded to take up the post of Bishop Of Tours in 371.  He came to the region for a quiet, monastic life at the Abbey of Marmoutier,which he founded in 372 between Tours and Vouvray. His feast day is 11th November, at the end of the grape harvest and the start of Advent fast.

St. Martin is credited with bringing the Chenin Blanc grape to the region, where it still reigns supreme in the superb wines of Vouvray, 1600 years later.