I would love to help take the stigma off some French wines. I have watched this category over the years and what I see is that people are a bit intimidated by the French wine section. Maybe its because of the French language or the difficult labels on the wine bottles. However once people see how easy it is to choose a French wine over other countries it becomes a little bit more fun. So here we go. There are really only a few wines you need to know to be a pro a choosing a French wine. In France it is all about the B’s. Bordeaux, Beaujolais, and Burgundy. Bordeaux is a blended red of Merlot, Cabernet or Cabernet Franc. SO if you like a Aussie Cabernet Merlot you will love a Bordeaux. These are some of the most pricey wines in the world but you will find a lovely bottle of Bordeaux for under $20. Beaujolais is a light fruity wine which is great with all food and is easy drinking and has very low tannin’s so the wine although dry, it is a no fuss drinking now type of wine, and are again under $20. Nouveau Beaujolais only comes out on the third Thursday in November. Its the new wine of the year and is not meant to be aged but to drink now. Its light and easy to drink and is a fun hobby for some to get the new wine of the year and Celebrate the latest vintage. Burgundy is one of the least understood of the French wines. Its also one of the most expensive wines in the world. However you can depend on this wine for every meal you want to prepare as it is the very versatile Pinot Noir grape which pairs very easily with most foods, and also one of my Favorites in all countries. France makes delightful Pinot Noir in all price ranges from $15–$30 and up but it will be called Burgundy when it hails from this region in France, and the price will reflect this. Ok, so now the last one I need to outline is of course Champagne. Its a beautiful bubbly consisting of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which is used for celebrating all of life’s great occasions. Its also very pricey but its worth every dime. Usually goes for $65.00 and up and its name can only be used for the real thing from the Champagne region of France. All other bubbly wines are called Sparkling Wines. So to describe the taste of Champagne is to say Dry, Bubbly effervescent and delightful. Try one for you next big event. Au Revoir till next time, Mary
NSLC RPS WSET 2 and thinking about training further in the Sommelier course. I have one daughter Sandra and My Man John Grant Mac Innis, I am Living the life in Cape Breton N.S. I am an outdoor girl and love camping, Gardening, swimming, boating, and skiing and snowshoeing and enjoy all that this Island has to offer.
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