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by Fred McMillin
On the Loire, It's St. Martin's Feast Day
St. Martin is regarded as the patron saint of wine-growers on the Loire. In medieval times the wine-growing abbey Saint-Martin-de-Tours employed 20,000 people. The Chenin Blanc, that makes the wines of Vouvray is said to have been originated with St. Martin. Also, legend says he discovered the benefits of pruning vines to improve wine quality. In any case, in the Middle Ages his feast day—Martinmas—was appropriately celebrated by payment of tithes in barrels of wine.
...from A History of Food by M. Toussaint-Samat
A tasting of 18 Vouvray vintages by the famous house of Marc Bredif demonstrated their striking quality.
...from The Vintner's Art by Johnson & Halliday
So, for your toast to Europe's first great winemaking monk, nothing could be more suitable than a Bredif Vouvray. Fortunately, you don't have to visit France to obtain it. Maison Marques & Domaines imports the wine.
1996 Vouvray, Loire Valley
Who planted the first vineyard in Vouvray? Piece of cake. It was St. Martin.
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