sept. 30, 2010: i thought this loire valley red had a nose of brown sugar, with some green pepper to the flavor. it was tannic, with some black pepper at the end. greg liked it a lot, saying it was sweet and cherry in the nose, with slight tannins. he said it ended with some tartness, but it was smooth and pleasant overall. this was 13 percent alcohol. we had this at "le pommier," a restaurant in bayeux that will best be remembered not for the wine, or the food, but for the french hostess with the extremely pinched facial expression.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.