Berlin, Germany (Gastrosofie). Recently, a professional tasting took place in Berlin at lunchtime, and some wines – white and red rather then sparkling and rosé – kept what they promised when shown and opened.
The event was organized by InterLoire – Interprofession des Vins du Val de Loire, which was supported by Bouvet Ladubay, Jaques` Wein-Depot, Lobenbergs Gute Weine, Rindchens Weinkontor, K & U Weinhalle and W. Spies wines and spirits and through which the sommelier Yvonne Heistermann led skilfully. 51 AOP/AOC and four IGP: a lot of Loire to taste.
So she talked eloquently about only a dozen of wines from various appellations, grape varieties and terroirs of the Loire Valley on the first floor of the restaurant „eins44“, followed by a go at a dozen of other wines on the ground floor, to which a bit of bread, sausages and cheese was served. The dishes from the restaurant kitchen were as announced by the Informationsbüro Weine der Loire of ff.k Public Relations GmbH: „small“, but not „creative“.
Talking of the wines we tasted, the crémants, two white and one rosé, we found nothing special, but the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Cuvée Prestige 2017 from the Domaine de l’Espérance certainly was. We also enjoyed the Clos de Frère Etienne 2016, a white Chenin Blanc from Château du Breuil in Anjou, and Vouvray Demi-Sec 2016 from the Domaine dela Rouletière. Only one red upstairs, but downstairs we became fond of an ecological grown red wine poured out within a lot of fuss and confusion.
If you would like to get to know these and other wines on site, we recommend participating in the third edition of InterLoire’s „Val de Loire Millésime“, which will take place from Tuesday, April 23 to Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Nantes. There, according to the organizers, „a wide, varied and qualitative discovery of the vineyards of the Loire Valley and its appellations“ is offered. Of course, participants get to know the Loire Valley terroir, visit winemakers and even dine with them.
For more information in English about wines from the Loire Valley, go to the home page www.vinsvaldeloire.fr in the net.