Look no further for your summer wine list than Loire Valley. We had a chance to sample eight bottles from France's West to Mid Region and feel darn excited to have such a perfectly balanced and varied list land in our laps. Our wine lunch took place at Ivory on Sunset at the Mondrian Hotel in West Los Angeles. We have been to the Mondrian for various cocktail parties over the years, but never formally dined. Can we just tell you how outstanding the food is? It's divine, and with good reason. ABC's The Taste and Top Chef alum Brian Malarky created a delicious menu that perfectly highlighted each and every sip of wine.
Guiding us through the tasting, and host for the event, was Matthew Kaner, Wine Director and co-owner of Bar Covell in Los Angeles, and Augustine Wine Bar in Sherman Oaks. He's extremely knowledgeable and as a local bar owner, has a vested interest in finding the best wines to compliment a meal.
The theme of the lunch was pink wine and every bottle was outstanding. We struggled to to put each glass down after only a couple sips. We easily could have enjoyed several glasses of each! Here's the list:
Crémant deLoire, Brut Sparkling Sancerre, Rosé Coteaux du Giennois, Rosé Reuilly, Rosé Rosé d'Anjou, Rosé Saumur, Rosé Sparkling Chinon, Rosé Crémant de Loire, Brut Rosé Sparkling
Any brunch your host will be complete with any of these choices, and they all make great hostess gifts too. When you have a chance to try one, let us know what you think via Twitter! @GirlWalksIn2Bar