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A Festive White with Bill

A Festive White with Bill

Posted on Dec 21st 2020

Written by
Bill McCleary, Wine Consultant

French food and wine can be a delicious celebration for the holidays. Seafood dishes are at the top of my list – shrimp, crab, scallops, oysters – and a dry white wine is a perfect pairing.

Domaine de Begrolles from the Loire Valley is a favorite of mine. The grape is Melon de Bourgogne (Burgundy) and the region is Muscadet. The best vineyards lie between the rivers Sevre and Maine, and it is here in this prime location that the Begrolles estate is located. The taste is dry, crisp, and light, with wonderful aromas and flavors of green apple and

peach. Muscadet is rested for a few months on its yeasty lees – indicated by “sur lie” written on the label. This tones down the acidity and adds a toasty hazelnut note to the taste. If you're looking for a wine to serve with an appetizer of creamy brie before your meal, this would be delightful. A fun wine for this time of year that I love to recommend!

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