After having “a few glasses” of wine for dinner I decided to open up a special bottle of dessert wine that we brought back from a trip to the Loire Valley.
I thought the label read Coteaux du Layon which is a well known area (appellation) for sweet white wines made from Chenin Blanc.
Opened it and thought, “this doesn’t smell like dessert wine” (rich and honeyed). “Maybe it needs to open up”?
Drank it and immediately knew it was a dry wine and unfortunately, a pretty good one.
Looked again at the region on the bottle which read Coteaux du Loir. This appellation produces mostly dry wines.
Looking at the label of a traditional Old World wine is NOT helpful. Many times I advise people to turn the wine around and look at the “second” or back label. This is usually put on by the importer so it is more American friendly with copy in English and the information that we are used to seeing on the label (grape variety, tasting note, food pairing inf0). Not this time.
Oh well …happens to us all…at least it was the right color!