From: Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire Valley, France
Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne
Taste: Organically farmed, lemon-bright, sea-kissed, and bone-dry with white flowers and green apples on the palate. This is a balanced, easy-to-enjoy, minerally driven wine with typical crisp Muscadet acidity on the finish. It is the perfect seafood and oyster wine.
Pairing: We're sharing a twist on the classic Moules à la Marienière today with Martha Shulman's Curry-Laced Moules à la Marinière with Fresh Peas.
Muscadet ≠ Muscat Muscadet is a dry white wine and is not related to Muscat, Moscatel or Moscato.
If you like Muscadet (Melon) you’ll find it tastes similar to Pinot Blanc, Aligoté, Auxerrois, Piquepoul, Sylvaner and even unoaked cool-climate Chardonnay such as Chablis.
Light-bodied white wines like Muscadet are perfect palate cleanser wines due to their natural high acidity. They will happily stand up to zesty vinaigrettes and other high-acidity dressings. However, Muscadet’s true calling is matched with seafood, particularly if you’re a fan of bivalves (mussels, oysters, and the like). In Nantes, a favorite regional dish, called Moules Frites, is made by flash cooking mussels in a splash of Muscadet wine and tossing them with shallots and green herbs and French fries (literally “French!”).
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