I don't have a trip planned to the Loire Valley, yet I know I will go there on my next trip to France. I'll fly into Charles de Gaulle and jump on the train from Paris to Tours, where I'll have a quick bite & a glass of Sauvignon Blanc before meeting up with the group I will be exploring with for the next four days. I'll travel with only a carry-on, big sunglasses, a warm wrap and shoes that let me walk for miles. After a few great days of food, wine and meeting with producers, I'll jump back to Paris for 2 long days of rest, relaxation, shopping & lots of walking. 2 days dedicated to taking care of myself. In Paris. It's going to be amazing.
Must try: The small fish caught in the Loire River are prepared in a traditional dish known as friture de la Loire. The fish are deep fried whole, served with a lemon and paired with dry white wine.
87 appellations and 5 days. Let's do this.
The area includes 87 appellations under the AOC, VDQS and Vin de pays systems. The majority of wine production is from the Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes, but the red wines made from Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir are also important. Rosé, sparkling and dessert wines are also produced (possibly my paradise?). Crémant production throughout the Loire is the second largest sparkling wine producer in France after Champagne. Oh, and there is goat cheese. Extremely good goat cheese.