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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What kind of wine is Bordeaux Melon? I might be spelling it wrong?

—Jackie, Westfield, Mass.

Dear Jackie,

I believe you’re referring to Melon de Bourgogne, the name of a white wine grape from France.

It’s a little funny that you confused the name with the region of Bordeaux because Melon de Bourgogne already confuses a couple of regions. The word “Bourgogne” is the French term for “Burgundy,” but the Melon de Bourgogne has been banned in Burgundy for several hundred years now. Since the early 1700s, most of the world's Melon de Bourgogne comes from France's Loire Valley, specifically the Muscadet appellation.

I love wines made from Melon de Bourgogne. The best examples are juicy, crisp and a bit minerally, with citrus and pear notes and sometimes a touch of almond. They are a terrific pairing for seafood, especially oysters.

—Dr. Vinny

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