What we did on our holidays

Loire trip
From left: Sophia Luckett (Hangingditch, Manchester); Sam Jackson (Chester Beer & Wine Co); Penny Champion (Champion Wines, Chislehurst); Rupert Pritchett (Taurus Wines, Surrey); Benoit Roumet (CIVC); Adam Williams (Cheers, Swansea); John Chapman (Oxford Wine Co).

No, of course it wasn’t really a holiday. We all worked extremely hard. Do you think all those Sancerre, Menetou-Salon and Coteaux du Giennois wines tasted themselves?

This was The Wine Merchant’s trip to the Centre-Loire, a visit that really opened our eyes to the distinctive terroirs of a relatively small region. We also got to grips with the idea of tasting reds before whites, and matching the wines with Japanese cuisine.

More pictures and the retailers’ own reports on the trip will appear in issue 17 of the magazine, out on August 15.

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