You’re invited: Loire Valley Wine Dinner!

The Loire Valley (click for a larger version)

The Loire Valley is home to tons of small wine producers making delicious, terroir-driven wines.  It’s also the home to eccentric, wild winemakers who are dedicated to making natural wines with the least amount of intervention as possible.   These are some of the most interesting and, best of all, affordable, wines around, really unique and different.  I’ve been lucky to find two who are now in the New York tri-state area market, Jean-Pascal Aubron’s Muscadet and Pascal Pibaleau’s wines from Azay-le-Rideau.

Jean-Pascal Aubron tastes his still-fermenting Muscadet

Both make really distinctive, interesting and affordable wines that go amazingly-well with food.  Jean-Pascal Aubron uses age-old traditional techniques to make gorgeous, expressive Muscadets grown on gabbro, a sort of crumbly granite.  The wine finishes its fermentation on its lees in underground glass-lined cement tanks.

Pascal Pibaleau in his vineyard

Pascal Pibaleau looks the part of the “wild and crazy” guy, with a scraggly beard and a semi-mad grin on his face.  He always looks like he’s thinking a few steps, or maybe vintages, ahead.  He farms his vineyards using biodynamic techniques and as little intervention as possible.  His sparkling wines are fantastic, and his still whites and reds equally so.

Jimmy43 Gastropub

But why trust what I write, when you can actually taste the wines, along with some great food?  So I’m very excited to invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 14 at Jimmy’s #43, an American gastropub in the East Village of NYC, for a night of fun and delicious foods and wines.  We’ll be pouring Aubron’s Muscadets, Pibaleau’s sparkling Grolleau, his white Noblesse d’Aziaum (dry Chenin), his red Heritage d’Aziaum (a blend of Cot, Cab Franc and Gamay), and a surprise older dessert wine of his.  Cost is $45 + tip per person.

You can find more information here:

For more pictures of either Aubron’s or Pibaleau’s wineries, check out the Vinotas Selections Facebook Fan Page.

Hope to see you there!

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