Considering the fact that the name of this blog pays homage to France, it is only fitting I begin with French wine. On the whole, French wines are earthy, mineral-y and typically pretty acidic.
Lets talk geography: the country of France is divided into three main regions by climate. Northern France has a cool climate, whereas both Central and Mediterranean France have warm climates.
Northern France- known for tart and fruity flavors…the buzz word here is Champagne. Champagne is a city just east of Paris and, as you may already know, sparkling wine can only be called champagne if it is produced in this city. Northern France doesn’t just give us champagne though, it also gives us chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, muscadet, reisling, and pinot noir. All hail Northern France.
Now, when you think Central France just think Bordeaux. Pronounced (bored-ohh) and it is properly spoken in a low droning tone with just the slightest hint of contempt. Bordeaux is a lush and warm region on the west coast of France where magical grape vines grow that eventually become merlot, cabernet franc, sauvignon blanc, and cabernet sauvignon. Absolutely dreamy.
Finally, Mediterranean France-aka the Rhone Valley. This warm and humid region is located on the southeast coast of France and is known for earthy and fruity flavors. Trust me the Rhone Valley is your new BFF; it produces ros`e. Need I say more? Ok, ok, fine it also produces some really tasty red blends like syrah, and various dessert wines. If you’re into that sort of thing. Back to the ros`e though, did you know that Ernest Hemingway was an avid drinker of French ros`e? I mean, I’m basically a young Hemingway at this point.
So, the next time you’re out to dinner order a nice bottle of Bordeaux and you’ll totally impress your boo. Plus, you get to drink delicious wine. Truly a win-win situation.
…Or snag a bottle from the nearest AM/PM and drink it yourself while watching Game of Thrones with your dog. Whatever.