When in Chinon, you have plenty of opportunities to taste (French déguster) the local wines. Usually the tasting (la dégustation) is free, and it is polite to buy a bottle or two to thank the winemaker for giving you free samples. Prices are usually very reasonable compared to wine prices in the U.S.
I don't know anything about this label except what I read on the internet. It might be controversial. But to my eye it is a beautiful label. I don't remember the wine particularly. We must have bought a bottle of it when we first came to live here. I saved and scanned the label, printed it on a color printer, and then we put it in a frame that hangs on a wall in our house.
Grapes close up. That's what it's like around Chinon and across the Loire and Cher valleys. You can see them up close. You can touch them (but don't pick any without permission). You can take photos. And then you can taste them in a salle de dégustation or by buying some wine.
You can also taste the grapes, in the form of wine, in wine bars like this one that are scattered around the region. I can't wait for the return of sunny days like the one on which I took this photo outside Chinon.
And more grapes. These grow in the town of Chinon. As I said, you're never far from grapes in the Loire Valley. I keep telling myself that we're never all that far from sunshine either.