Next month, the first full month of summer, I am hosting The French Winophiles. And I am inviting them to explore, pour, and pair wines from the mid-Loire, specifically the wines of Anjou and Saumur. Surrounded by the Pays Nantais and Touraine wine-making regions along the Loire River, Anjou-Saumur is comprised of over 20,000 hectacres.
I am excited to jump in and learn more about these regions that produce a wide variety of wines from reds to sparkling. Here are the eighteen AOCs to get you started on your research: Anjou, Anjou Villages, Anjou Villages Brissac, Anjou Côteaux de la Loire, Bonnezeaux, Cabernet d’Anjou, Cabernet de Saumur, Côteaux de l’Aubance, Côteaux de Saumur, Côteaux du Layon, Crémant de Loire, Haut Poitou, Quarts de Chaume, Rosé d’Anjou, Rosé de Loire, Saumur, Saumur Champigny and Savennières.
How to Participate
Not Only Wines
Though Loire wines - specifically Anjou-Saumur wines - will be a focus, if you would like to write about travel or food in and around where the wines are made, have at it. I always welcome a virtual trip to my favorite country! You can also go further afield into the Loire, if you like.
Details for Participation
Are you ready to jump in and participate in Anjou-Saumur event? Here are the details…
Send an email to tell me you're in: Include your blog url, Twitter handle, link to your Pinterest profile, and any other social media detail. If you know your blog post title now, include that...but you can send me that a bit closer to the event, I'd like to get a sense of who's participating and give some shoutouts and links as we go. The email is constantmotioncamilla[at]gmail[dot]com.
Send your post title to me by Monday, July 15th, to be included in the preview post. I will do a preview post shortly after getting the titles, linking to your blogs. When your post goes live, the published title should include "#Winophiles" but it doesn't need to be included for the title list.
Publish your post anytime Friday, July 19th and 6:00am (Pacific time) on Saturday, July 20th. You can always schedule your post in advance if you will be tied up around then.
Include a link to the other #Winophiles participants in your post, and a description of what the event is about. I'll provide the html code you can easily put in your initial post--which will link to people's general blog url--then updated code for the permanent links to everyone's #Winophiles posts.
Get social! After the posts go live, please visit your fellow bloggers posts' to comment and share.
Sponsored posts OK if clearly disclosed. Please be sure to disclose if your post is sponsored or if you are describing wine or other products for which you have received a free sample.
Live #Winophiles Twitter Chat July 20, 8:00 am (Pacific time): Participating bloggers and others interested in the subject will connect via a live Twitter chat. It's a nice bring way to bring in others interested in the subject who didn't get a chance to share a blog post. You can definitely still join the blog event if you're not available for the live chat.