French Wine

French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles. France is one of the largest wine producer in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France.Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system.
Posts about French Wine
    • Russia may ban French wine imports in retaliation to sanctions

      Russia's government has raised the possibility of banning imports of French wine in retaliation to economic sanctions, in the same week that officials confiscated 3,000 litres of imported wine because it failed to meet regulations. The lower house of Russia's parliament, the Duma (pictured), is considering imposing a ban on the imports of French wine to Russia.

      Decanter- 6 readers -
    • Biodynamic winemaker who refused to spray vines sees conviction quashed

      A biodynamic winemaker in Burgundy who refused to spray his vines with pesticide to protect against a deadly vine disease has seen his conviction overturned on appeal. Emmanuel Giboulot (pictured) described his success against the French state at a court in Dijon today (4 December) as a 'victory for citizen power'.

      Decanter- 4 readers -
    • Loire Valley Wine: Anjou Saumur Wines Sparkle (VIDEO)

      Loire Valley Wine Holds Court Less than two hours from Paris, France and about 200 miles long the Loire Valley is a massive winemaking region. The wines of France’s most diverse wine region are as different as they are delicious. In this video, our wine travels take us on an education adventure into the Loire Valley’s Anjou – Saumur regions.

      Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TVin Riesling- 10 readers -
  • Recipe: Steak Au Poivre Paired with Merlot

    … Steak “Au Poivre” Preparation Time: 15 MIN Total Time: 30 MIN Servings: 4 INGREDIENTS: 3 tbsp. black peppercorns 4 6-oz. beef filets, about 1½“ thick Salt 2 tbsp. butter 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 cup beef stock ½ cup heavy cream INSTRUCTIONS: Wrap peppercorns in a clean dish towel and crush them. Transfer pepper to a plate, then roll filets…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 7 readers -
  • WES NI: Belfast wine tastings update

    … A couple of new dates have been added to next year's Wine Education Service NI calendar; and, as a reminder (they make great gifts too - we can send a voucher!), here's the complete list of scheduled events so far with an updated Paypal button at the bottom: 'Essential Wine Tasting' 5-week course Wednesday evenings 28 January to 25 February 2015…

    Richard Mark James/ Wine Writingin Sauvignon Blanc Syrah- 4 readers -
  • An (Organized) Hodgepodge of Festive Wine

    …. It was perfect with meatier fish. 700 kilometers south, in Cotes du Roussillon, Domaine Gauby ($22-$27) produces the outstandingly complex and unique Gauby Blanc white blend out of Macabeu, Muscat and Chardonnay. This is a wine that I thoroughly enjoyed before having any idea where it was from and how much it costs. One can only imagine how happy I…

    William Schragis/ The Alcohol Professorin Chardonnay- 8 readers -
  • Who Makes Trader Joe's La Ferme Julien?

    … You may have seen two La Ferme Julien wines on sale at Trader Joe's at the enticing price of $5.99. At that price I purchased one of each and went home to research. The wines are produced by Famille Perrin, the same family that owns the famous Château de Beaucastel that produces Châteauneuf-du-Pape in southern Rhône. You may be familiar…

    Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass- 2 readers -
  • Top 5 Obscure, Affordable Wines from Burgundy

    … Top 5 Obscure, Affordable Wines from Burgundy The Way of the Cross – Domaine Romanée Conti, Burgundy. Affordable Burgundy is NOT an oxymoron. In truth, Burgundy offers far more than just elite Premier and Grand Crus, boasting a broad spectrum of food-friendly wines for every palate and price point. However, finding such wines typically means…

    binNotes | a wine blogin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Canadian fisticuffs! Sipped & spit

    … sold his vineyards (10.5 acres) to Guillaume D’Angerville of Burgundy. [wine-searcher] MOSCATO FOR ALL: Russia threatens to ban French wine imports in retaliation for Western sanctions. [Decanter] BIG BOTTLES: Two magnums of Chateau Petrus 1961 fetched $79,625–about $800 an ounce–at Sotheby’s NYC this past weekend. [Bloomberg] PRO TIP: Brut NV on a label does not mean the wine is from Nevada. The post Canadian fisticuffs! Sipped & spit appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog. …

    Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog- 2 readers -
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  • NEWS FETCH – December 12, 2014

    …TOP NEWS Drop in Aussie dollar revives slump in wine exports Indian Reservations: Now, Get Stoned & Gamble? Feds Now Reviewing Sta. Rita Hills Expansion Grape Industry Lukewarm on Immigration Act Russia may ban French wine imports in retaliation to sanctions Interview: Wirtz Beverage Group EVP Danny Wirtz Academic Wino Teams With Perdue On 3 […]…

    Lewis Perdue/ Wine Industry Insight- 3 readers -
  • Day 6 – Cruising on the Seine!

    … built for the queen in the 14th century. The stained glass in this cathedral is nothing short of spectacular! Les Andelys is a picturesque mosaic of early Norman architecture, idyllic natural scenery, and the sensory delights of a cozy French village. Grazing Sheep High above the village lie the ancient ruins of Chateau Gaillard, a castle built…

    WineStyles- 2 readers -
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  • Vin de Corse Porto Vecchio, Domaine de Torraccia

    … 2011 Vin de Corse Porto Vecchio, Domaine de Torraccia £13.95, 12.5%, Yapp Brothers A four-way Corsican blend of Grenache and Syrah with local Nielluccio and Sciacarello, this is savoury-sweet and complex with a hint of the unshaven rusticity that’s often a feature of the local wines. An unusual French wine that speaks with an Italian accent…

    Tim Atkin MW- 4 readers -
  • An Early New Year’s Resolution

    … not understand why the Italians insist on producing oceans of rather nondescript, bland, flabby whites that do not go well with food and are perhaps even worse on their own. Yes, I know that is harsh, but the French (and increasingly Oregonians) seem capable of producing amazing wines using the same variety, but using the French pronunciation: Pinot Gris (yet…

    the drunken cyclist- 2 readers -
  • Chateau Palmer Tasting: Bordeaux Wine Seduces and Satisfies

    … consistent delivery of quality held up against First Growth, Château Margeaux. I was given the opportunity to taste several of the Palmer wines at an organized tasting at The National Club in Toronto, Ontario. After tasting the 2004, 1999, 1995 and 1983 vintages up against one another, I’ve concluded that Palmer has been delivering a consistent, reliable…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 9 readers -
  • Rockss and Fruit

    … Laurent Tribut) the audience will be there. Even the so called organic geek audience who probably have no idea that Tribut nukes his vineyards and yet these wines are delicious and very popular amongst the people in the know. 4) Price Snob - Now we come to a snob that is also democratic. The price snob. The price snob cuts both ways. First…

    Lyle Fass/ Rockss and Fruit- 3 readers -
  • 2014: Top Ten Wines Under $15

    …-bodied with mild tannins and an interesting blend of flavors, including black cherry, ripe plum, dark spices, pepper and a hint of herbal notes. There is a sense of the exotic in the taste, as some of it seems familiar but there is also something different with it as well. This would be an excellent burger and pizza wine, though it would stand up…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 2 readers -
  • Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas 12'

    …. The ghost of my goldfish, Freddie, led me down various paths past curious children and giant waving Fred and Barney's. I waved back, Freddie did a little dance, and we giggled all the way home. What better at the end of a fun day like that than a nice bottle of French wine? Served with: Spicy butternut squash soup and warm bread. She’s very food…

    Shawna L Watson/ Naked Wine Reviews- 4 readers -
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