Glossary

1. Loire Valley

From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loire_Valley & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loire_Valley_wine Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire) is known as the Garden of France. While the majority of production is white wine from the Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes, there are red wines made (especially around the Chinon region) from Cabernet franc. In addition to still wines, rosé, sparkling and dessert wines are also produced. With Crémant production throughout the Loire, it is the second largest sparkling wine producer in France after Champagne. Among these different wine styles, Loire wines tend to exhibit characteristic fruitiness with fresh, crisp flavors-especially in their youth. The Loire Valley has a long history of winemaking dating back to the 1st century. In the High Middle Ages, the wines of the Loire Valley were the most esteemed wines in England and France, even more prized than those from Bordeaux.

2. Oenology

The science and study of all aspects of wine and winemaking from the grape harvest to bottle.

3. Savennières

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Savennières is a town and commune lying in the Maine-et-Loire département near the Loire River 15 km south west of Angers in France, best known for its production of highly-rated white wine. With production predominantly centred around the Chenin blanc grape, it is famed for its particularly long-lasting dry white wine comparable to that of Vouvray.

4. Still wines

a table wine which is not effervescent; a non-sparkling wine.

5. Vouvray

Wines from the French commune of Vouvray to the east of Tours are made in a wide range of styles from the Chenin Blanc grape. Vintages in the Loire are highly variable, but in the best years Vouvray can produce stylish and very long-lived white wines.