Our favorite wine related day is back on Friday, May 27! Isn’t time you explored all this region has to offer?
This post is brought to you by L’Aventure Languedoc – Celebrate #LanguedocDay May 27, 2016!
The Languedoc (pronounced “long-dock”) region lies in southern France next to the Mediterranean Sea. This perpetually sunny wine region (as in 320 days of sunshine a year) is the largest in the country containing about 25% of the total vineyard land (and 30% of France’s organic agriculture).
80% of the production here is red — mostly Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan. However, you’ll also find excellent rosé (Provence quality at a lower price), whites made from the Picpoul grape (along with varieties like Bourboulenc, Clairette, Muscat, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Vermentino) and even sparkling wine. In fact, Limoux in the southwest of the Languedoc is the original home of sparkling wine even predating Champagne and offers great value.
With 30 different appellations in the region each is influenced in varying degrees by the mountains, the sea, the sun and the wind. In addition, local regulations allow for a good degree of experimentation which enables winemakers to be creative. This means that there is tremendous variety in the types of styles of wines grown here. Add in the fact that most have a price point of $25 or less and it’s easy to see why imports to the US have grown by 194% (in volume) from 2009-2015 (and 252% in value!)
Here at Reverse Wine Snob we love under-appreciated regions like the Languedoc. With so much to explore from this area, we highly encourage you to check out the wines of the Languedoc and take part in this year’s #LanguedocDay celebration. Participation is easy and can come in many ways:
- Get a group together and drink Languedoc wines! To get you started you can find all of our recommended wines from the Languedoc here.
- Share a photo, tasting notes, or a toast on social media using #LanguedocDay.
- Tag @LanguedocWines on Twitter to ask a Languedoc-related question.
- Readers in Washington D.C. and Seattle can attend in-store tastings happening at local retailers throughout the month of June. For a list of participating accounts and tasting times, see languedocadventure.com.
And, of course, once #LanguedocDay is over don’t stop exploring and drinking the great wines from this region! I feel a #LanguedocMonth or #LanguedocYear hashtag brewing…
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