Labor Day Loire

Domaine Mardon Quincy Tres Vieilles Vignes 2007 - $18

In the late 1880's Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, proposed a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." Simply put, a day to honor the American worker.

Patriotic yet, French wine-lover at heart, it's an honor to celebrate the day with this fine Quincy [keen-SAY]. Situated 50 miles west of Sancerre, in France's Loire [LWAHR] Valley is the lesser known AOC of Quincy. From the Loire comes some of the best, understated champion wines including Chinon, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.

If you love a crisp, tart Sauvignon Blanc, you MUST try Quincy. Domaine Mardon produces some of the most serious, complicated Quincy and their Tres Vieilles Vignes (Very Old Vines) average 80 years of age giving unparalleled intensity and complexity.

Blanket down, shoes off, blue skys... The light straw hues invite you in.

True to Sauvignon Blanc, this baby is very aromatic boasting typical grassy notes combined with citrus, apple, honeydew and a nice underpinning of minerality from the region's limestone-marl soils.

Medium bodied with refreshing lemon and grapefruit flavors and an amplified, bright acidity for balance. The curiosity factor peaks when you notice the notes of coriander and wheat (as in wheat beer).

Bottle empty, shoes on, the sky dims... Alas, the laboring must resume.