A year ago, I wrote about the French Paradox because so many wine beginners get hung up on understanding French wine.
The more I thought about this question, the more I realized that avoiding France is nearly impossible.
All roads lead to:
If you shy away from anything French or French-related, your wine growth will be stunted.
So, how can you make learning French wine a slippery slope?
Below is a quick guide to help you dive into the right French region for you.
I’ve kept things extremely simple.
- Red grapes only
- Broad generalizations of humans
Please don’t take offense if you don’t fit into a category, you like what you like.
But if you don’t know what you like when it comes to French wine, this will help.
Grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Ideal for: Bubble enthusiasts, acid heads, high-rollers (and wannabe high-rollers)
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Ideal for: Studious folks who don’t mind spending lots of effort to find value or people with F-U money
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Ideal for: Traditionalists, old people, those looking for value
Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Gamay
Ideal for: Young parents, people who like hip-new restaurants, wanna-be adventurers
Grapes: Carignan, Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre
Ideal for: Rosé fans or people who like big, bold reds*
*read this not as trophy wives and their husbands, more so people who would sell an organ for some Domaine Tempier
Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre
Ideal for: People on a budget, people who love QPR (quality/price ratio), people who enjoy eat good, unpretentious fare
So, if you’re down to be drinking more French wine, which regions sounds most appealing to you?
Your friendly wine tutor,
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