When Americans think of fine wine, a huge percentage will automatically
think French. With good reason - some of the finest wines in the world
come from France.
Yes, there are great wines from all over the world. In the famous
Judgement of Paris, Steven Spurrier's 1976 tasting of the wines of France
vs. California, the American's won handily.
Still, there is really no substitute for the great wines of Bordeaux
, the Rhone
and the Loire
. How could we celebrate without Champagne
? Looking for value? You'll find it in Beaujolais
and the Languedoc
Bordeaux is the home base for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and Burgundy is the home of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc hails from the Loire (Sancerre
and Pouilly Fume
) and Syrah is from the Rhone. These may not be the genetic home of these grapes, but it is from these places that they got their worldwide acclaim.