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Item: Get a free copy of Loire365, containing tons of interesting info about the gorgeous Loire Valley and its wines—perfect for summer!
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Description: There is a Loire Valley wine for every dish and every day, 365 days a year. And now, just in time for wine drinking out on the patio and summer travel, get a free copy of Loire365—365 fun, informative and unexpected facts about the Loire Valley, including its famous châteaux and colorful history, as well as exciting destinations, cuisine, and, of course, wine. All you have to do is sign up! The Loire Valley is the heart of France, home to the purest spoken French, classic French cooking, and the Frenchest of French wines. Loire Valley wines are almost all single-varietal and rarely oaked, making them pure expressions of the grapes and the places the grapes are grown. Sauvignon Blanc originated in the Loire Valley and the wines—Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Reuilly and Touraine— set international standards for the grape.

The Loire River flows through some of the most beautiful countryside in France, where French kings and nobility built their famous châteaux. Leonardo da Vinci came here from Italy to live and work in the French court. Here Chenin Blanc reaches a perfection found nowhere else in the wines of Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Saumur, Anjou and Savennières, making thrilling wines in a range of styles from dry and mineral scented to luscious dessert wines and elegant sparkling wines. The red wines—Chinon, Bourgueil, St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Saumur and Saumur Champigny—are the world’s most celebrated examples of unblended Cabernet Franc.

Muscadet from the coast of Brittany, where the Loire meets the sea, is crisp and dry (despite a name that sounds like Muscat) with a tang of the ocean. It is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, grown nowhere else.