Grapes: Negroamaro/Malvasia Nera
Region/History Notes: Let’s talk about “Vin de France”. While the most esteemed wines of France have their own specific regions designated, those designations come with lots of rules and regulations. From what grapes you can grow, to how the wine is aged, to the specific alcohol contend, and even having to pass a taste test with a panel of professionals, the boundaries are strict! How do winemakers get around these rules and make more playful, experimental wine? They declassify their wines and call them “Vin de France” (Wine of France)!
Tasting Notes: A blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir from the Nantais district (closest to the ocean) of the Loire Valley, this wine is so lovely and charmingly rustic! Bright red fruits, a soft palate, and a silky finish with just enough earthiness to keep it interesting!