Speed dating... for winemakers

Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:03am EDT
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By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - There was the promise of passion, finesse, elegance - and that was just the wine.

"What do you want to try first?" asked Pierre-Jean Sauvion at a speed-dating French winemakers' event.

In a tone that was almost as seductive and playful as his Muscadet, Sauvion, 31, declared, "I am a pleasure maker. I don't make blends. I make marriage. I'm a winemaker from the Loire."

Like speed-dating French winemakers were given 30 minutes to promote themselves. But instead of assessing a potential life partner, the winemakers tried to impress some of the top U.S. wine writers with their latest vintages at a French restaurant.

Sauvion, the manager and chief winemaker at his family's vineyards, compared his job to that of a chef.

"I'm like that. I choose the grapes I want, the methods that I use, to make the wines that I want. And I want my wines to give pleasure to everyone who drinks them," he said.

He offered his Sauvion Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2007 explaining that when he made this wine of Melon de Bourgogne grapes, he had in mind two people sitting on a terrace on a sunny afternoon.

"This wine is perfect for that. It is round, but not huge and it is fresh and fruity and I make this wine because I want to introduce myself. To get the conversation going," Sauvion said.   Continued...