This week, I’m not just recommending a particular wine, but rather an entire wine style that has become a fast favorite. Friends, I’m here to tell you about Muscadet. Pronounced moose-cah-day, this white wine from the Loire Valley is made from Melon de Bourgogne grapes and is frequently paired with shellfish— but this is my go-to sipping wine pretty much year round. Ridiculously crisp and clean with nearly no aftertaste, it’s also known to be devilishly difficult to identify at blind tastings.
If you haven’t heard of Muscadet, you’re not alone. It gained a reputation for being a simple, one-note kind of “meh” wine a few decades ago, and didn’t take off in any meaningful way among New World consumers. The area around Nantes became sort of infamous for producing crappy bulk wines (with some exceptions, bien sûr), and the Melon grape is, to be honest, pretty neutral tasting. Continue reading “bargain wine (style) of the week and exciting news!”