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The wines of the Jura are hot right now. To a certain extent it's just their turn but on the other hand the Jura is home to Vin Jaune, a wine similar to dry sherry which is a required stripe on the wine geek merit badge. Vin Jaune is produced from Savagnin grapes and fortunately for us there are also table wines produced from Savagnin. Savagnin is a member of the trainer grape family, though much less aromatic than the more famous Gewurztraminer that it shares some heritage with.

Savagnin based wines, for it is often blended, are common in the Jura as well as the Savoie which lies directly to the south of the Jura. As a table wine Savagnin tends to produce light, elegant wines with flavors of nut meats, orchard fruits, citrus and floral aromatics. They can be fabulous paired with nutty, savory dishes and are perfectly balanced for summer enjoyment with their refreshing acidity.

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