Top 10 French White Wines

France is popular for its rich cuisine and its cuisine wouldn’t be complete without its complementary wines. Now here are top ten French white wines for those out there who prefer fish, seafood, or fowl over red meat dishes.

1. Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut NV

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Champagne is one of the most popular drinks you will most often find in parties. Now this one has rich tones of peach stones, orange blossoms, and lemon zest with a hint of almonds. This lively wine would complement pescetarian dishes really well.

2. Le Meurger Bourgogne Chardonnay 2008

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Burgundy is a place that’s famous not only for its Pinot noir grapes but also for its Chardonnay. So knowing that this bottle came from there could only mean good things for anyone who gets their hands on this. This wine has hints of cinnamon, honey, butter, and nuts. It would complement risotto and pasta dishes.

3. Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling 2006

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This wine was made from Riesling grapes and has subtles traces of sweet melon, peach, and honeysuckle. It is a popular vintage because it is just lively and sweet enough for an entire dinner. It would complement a variety of chicken dishes quite well.

4. Domaine de Bellivière Jasnières les Rosiers 2004

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This bottle was made from Chenin Blanc grapes, a not so popular variety. It has hints of tropical fruits such as pineapples or guava but has obvious traces of other flavors such as honey, marzipan, peach, and quince jelly. It would complement grilled or spicy fish, or other seafood dishes.

5. Château Le Grand Verdus Ct-6 Bordeaux Blanc Aoc 2007

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This white wine from the Bordeaux region has rich traces of reserved fruits and could be excellent for cooking. It also tastes a bit lush and a tad sweet on the tongue. It would go well with creamy pasta and rice dishes.

6. Paul Blanck Gewürztraminer Alsace Altenbourg 2000

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This bottle of of white wine was made with Gewürztraminer grapes from the Alsace region of France. It has traces of very ripe fruits and could have hints of lychees. It also has roses, passion fruit, and other sweet floral aromas. It would complement any fowl dishes particularly ones with turkey or chicken meat.

7. Château Puysserguier, Saint Chinian White, 2008

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This bottle is a blend of Grencache Blanc, Maranne, and Vermentino grapes. It has subtle hints of honey and spice , and acacia flowers. This wine would complement vegetable or pasta dishes quite well.

8. Picpoul de Pinet, Fougeray de Beauclair 2007

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This wine from the Burgundy region of France was made with Picpoul (or Piquepoul) blanc grapes. It has subtle traces of nuts, cinammon, dry herbs and spice, and even ripe orchard fruits. It goes well with fish and shellfish dishes.

9. Cote Tariquet Vin de Pays des CĂ´tes de Gascogne 2007

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This table wine is a blend of a variety of Chardonnay grapes from Armagnac region of France. It is filled with the taste of rich tropical fruits and is a good complementary wine for vegetable or rice dishes.

10. Domaine Josmeyer Mise du Printemps Pinot Blanc Alsace 2008

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This bottle is full of rich white fruits and beautiful grape and peardrop aromas. It would complement seafood dishes, particularly shrimp, or a plate of spicy tomato salad.

So, are you convinced yet that white wine could be as great for dinner as the red? You should try whipping your favorite fish or chicken dishes today, pick up a bottle of white wine to go with it, and be surprised by how good the combo is. Bon appetit!

Top 10 French Red Wines

Wine is a very essential part of French dinners. And who could blame the French? Dishes do taste way better with the right glass of wine, don’t they? Now, I bet you’ve heard that when it comes to red meat, red wine is best. So here are the top ten French red wines for all those delicious red meat dishes you’re contemplating to serve.

10. Mouton Cadet, Bordeaux Rouge 2007

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This red wine is full of a variety of fruit flavors including cherry, blackberry, red currant, and plum. It also has traces of several spices that makes this table red an excellent complement for main dishes with red meats such lamb, veal, and even duck.

9. Bouchard Aine, Bourgogne Pinot noir 2008

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A bottle of Pinot noir is among my favorites and this one is a lovely bottle with a cherry red tinge. It’s a rich fruity plump wine with a hint of wood and has a mix aroma of cherry, mint, and lime. It would complement roasted red meats such as prime ribs or roast beef, fowl such as turkey, or mild cheeses.

8. Château Peynaud 2006, Bordeaux Superieur

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Bordeux wines are quite popular around the world. And this one was bottled by one of the old vintners in the Aquitaine region of France so no doubt this one would be quite good. Now, this bottle is a dark red claret with hints of plum, black currant, and berries. This would complement any red meat dishes, fowl, or strong cheeses.

7. Château Mont-Redon, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 2005

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This red wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault or Mourvedre grapes. It is a bold, rich, and fruity wine that would complement roasted or grilled red meat dishes quite well.

6. Château Barreyres, Haut-Médoc 2005

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This rich dark red has poignant traces of ripe berries, specially dark cherries, cranberry, and black currant. Moreover, wine connoisseurs only have good things to say about this vintage (a.k.a. wine production year), so this bottle could only be good. It would go well with roasted meat and potatoes.

5. Château Paul Mas Clos des Mûres Coteaux du Languedoc 2007

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This full-bodied wine is a dark red with hints of blackberry, cherries, spices, and some roasted coffee. It also has traces of vanilla in it. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. This table red would complement lamb dishes, grilled red meat, or soft cheeses.

4. Irouleguy Rouge Domaine Ilarria 2006

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It is a dark red that is a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. And it has hints of black raspberries and spicebox. It is made with organic ingredients and experts says it is good for your health. It is best served with spicy dishes with lots of pepper, or barbecued lamb.

3. Moulin-a-Vent, Domaine Richard Rottiers 2007

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This bottle of dark red is made from a variety of Gamay grapes. It has hints of dark red fruits, particularly blueberries. It has traces of a fruity aroma with hints of violet. It would be great with country hams or grilled red meat dishes.

2. Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2006

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This is another, albeit more expensive, Pinot noir. It is made with Pinot noir grapes. It is a smooth dark red wine that has hints of spices and fruits, particularly ripe red berries. It is best served with grilled fish, vegetables, or simple salads.

1. Cotes du Rhone, Reserve Chartreuse de Bonpas, Louis Bernard 2007

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This dark ruby red wine is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes. It has hints of ripe berries, cherries, and spice. It would complement almost any red meat main dishes, and it can even be perfect as an aperitif (an alcoholic drink that is served with appetizers).

So, have you made up your mind what wine to get for you dinner party, yet? Well if you haven’t yet, I’m sure people at your local wine shops would be glad to help you choose the perfect wine for your menu. After all, you don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to pick the perfect bottle. You just need to know someone who does.

Climate-Friendly Wine from Bordeaux?

French Bordeaux will soon become the first region of the world with unique, carbon-reducing, vineyards. Winemaker Remi Lacombe from Medoc, who is working in collaboration with ClimatePartner, a German green group, is planning to launch a climate-neutral wine project in order to cut harmful for the environment carbon emissions. Traditional production of wine, including the natural process of yeast fermentation, emits to the atmosphere about 1.7 kilos of carbon dioxide per bottle, or about 639 tonnes annually from four chateaux (vineyards), which Lacombe runs in France.

To cut emissions of CO2 during wine production, ClimatePartner has suggested to replace wood-burning stoves by devices powered with the solar energy. Lacombe’s own climate-friendly ideas include automatically switching exterior lights and an innovative cooling system of circulating water, which will keep wine temperature within the optimal range of 20 to 28 degrees without harming the environment.

In addition to investing his personal time and efforts into the project, Lacombe has already spent about 14,000 US Dollars (10,000 Euros) on renovating his chateaux, and he now hopes that consumers will choose his wines with carbon neutral labels, the cost of which will be no more than that of other ordinary wines – about 10-12 US Dollars (seven – eight Euros) per bottle.

Lacombe’s wines from Bordeaux will become the first wines in the world that will carry a climate-neutral label. The winemaker plans to produce annually about 380,000 bottles of environmentally-friendly wine, thus spreading the message to save the planet from carbon dioxide pollution.