Charlemagne Wine Club - 2008 Tastings

Monday 15th September 2008
Loire Valley presented by Lindsay Oram

France's longest river is home to a host of classic names found on many of the best restaurant wine lists. Lindsay Oram is well versed in both the wines and foods of France, particularly the Loire. She has chosen to reflect the regional differences in wines from the same grape variety but from different appellations. Hence, Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre and the "wild man of Pouilly" across the river - Didier Daguenau; Chenin Blanc from the tufa vineyards of Huet at Vouvray contrast with the schist slopes of Chaume in the Coteaux du Layon and Savennieres near Angers.

For those who like a drop of red, Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc will also feature. The vines around Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur Champigny can produce wines with intensity, full of fruit and fragrance.

With a background in wine, food and the retail trade, Lindsay Oram brings a broad approach to wine. As a hedonist, Lindsay believes that life is too short to drink bad wine. In her view, wine is very much part of life, particularly when enjoyed with food. Lindsay is also a qualified tutor with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust where she lectures at all levels including Diploma. She also lectures for the Food & Wine Academy as well as judging for the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition. She also has some practical experience of grape growing and wine making, being involved in a small vineyard in South-West France in everything from grape picking to bottle labelling.