Stephen’s Pick: 2017 La Pepie Muscadet Sevre Et Maine Sur Lie, $15.99

New wine drinkers might still be having trouble distinguishing between Muscadet and Moscato; however, our loyal French wine lovers have realized that the two could not possibly be more different!

Moscato is a sweet, Italian dessert wine that has been made extra popular due to it being featured at several local Italian restaurants. Muscadet is a dry, white wine from the part of the Loire region in France nearest the west coast and is many things, but definitely not sweet!

Muscadet originated near Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region and it boasts the status of the most widely produced of all Loire Valley wines. Naturally, since Muscadet has a coastal origin, it is produced and consumed along with great varieties of seafood. Muscadet and seafood (especially shellfish) are a match made in heaven!

Domaine de la Pepière Muscadet is produced from 100% Melon de Bourgogne grapes that are fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts and aged on the lees in large underground vats until bottled without filtering or fining. Muscadet’s benchmark style is racy, crisp, mineral-driven, and possesses a subtle hint of oceanic salinity – an attribute that compliments shellfish and other seafood beautifully.

I poured La Pépie Muscadet along with 4 other red wines a few weeks ago on a Wednesday tasting and nearly all of the tasters that tried wines that day preferred this dry, elegant, refreshing white over the others. My family enjoys crab, lobster, and other seafood delights every Christmas Eve and this year, La Pépie Muscadet was the perfect, tasteful, and refined compliment to this meal. It can be found in the center of our Wine Shop near the refrigerated wines in our Loire Valley section. Happy 2019!