Happy hol­i­days

Decanter - - LETTERS -

HAV­ING SPENT MANY happy weeks tour­ing around this re­gion, I would like to make a bid for the Loire as the best location for bri­tish wine lovers who want to take a hol­i­day based around wine tast­ing. In ad­di­tion to the won­der­ful range of wines, from gutsy reds to sparkling whites and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, tasters can en­joy beau­ti­ful scenery, rich his­tory and French cul­ture – and it’s all within half a day’s drive of the Chan­nel coast.

Trav­el­ling along the Loire river and into Touraine, you can sam­ple wines from big­ger pro­duc­ers like gra­tien & Meyer (try Cu­vée Flamme sparkling), or visit small, fam­ily-run es­tates such as do­maine des Champs Fleuris (try its sweet Coteaux de sau­mur). More ad­ven­tur­ous tasters could also try the fairly new ap­pel­la­tion sau­mur puy-notre-dame.

seek out the tarte aux vi­gnerons from lo­cal patis­series, made from grapes in honour of wine­mak­ers. and stop off on the way back through nor­mandy for cheese and Cal­va­dos. Tim Beech, Suf­folk, UK

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