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.

7 Most Famous Kinds of French Cheese

One of the things I love about French dinners is that cheeses actually have their own place in them. I mean, where else would you be served cheese between the main course and dessert? And you would be served not just one yummy French cheese, but four! I tell you, French dinners are delectablyly charminng. Obviously, I love cheese. Now, here are seven most famous kinds of French cheese.

1. Camembert

Camembert
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Camembert is made from usually pasteurized cow’s milk. In France, however, they prefer to use raw unpasteurized cow’s milk. It is soft, gooey, and creamy inside with a white dry rind outside. It is said to have been invented in Normandy, in a town called Camembert. But some experts say this could just be a popular local myth. Another interesting tidbit about this cheese is that the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali mentioned it was the inspiration behind his most famous painting of a runny clock entitled “The Persistence of Memory”. Experts say Camembert goes well with red wine.

2. Brie de Meaux

Brie de Meaux
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Brie is made from whole or skimmed cow’s milk that could be pasteurized or unpasteurized. It looks a bit like Camembert and it also uses the same species of mold but it is more solid on the inside. If your Brie looks as gooey as a Camembert, it is most probably overripe, which you don’t really want. It was invented in Brie, the province for which it was named after. Although this type of French cheese is usually white, there is a type of Brie that has a brownish and drier rind called Brie Noir. It is drier and has a daker color because it is aged longer than the typical Brie. Like Camembert, Brie is served with red wine.

3. Roquefort

Roquefort
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Roquefort is a popular blue cheese made from ewe’s milk. It is made, like most French cheeses, in rounds and is white in color with spots of blue green, which is actually mold, all over it. The production of this cheese is quite curious because it is aged inside caves that can only be found in Mont Combalou in Roquefort-sur-Soulzon. Originally, the mold for this cheese was taken directly from the cave soil but now it is cultured inside labs. Moreover, technically this cheese can be made outside of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon but they cannot take the name Roquefort because the label is protected by French law. Quite snobbish, right? And in my opinion, so French. I read somewhere that Zinfandel goes well with Roquefort.

4. Boursin

Boursin
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Boursin is a cream cheese that is made from cow’s milk mixed with salt, spices, and herbs. It was invented by, and named after, a French cheesemaker named Francois Boursin from Normandy in 1957. Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs, the original recipe only has milk, cream, salt, pepper, garlic, chives, and parsley. This variety continues to be the most popular one today. Most people eat this creamily delicious cheese with bread, usually a baguette. It goes well with a bottle of fruity red wine.

5. Reblochon

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Reblochon is a soft cheese from raw or unpasteurized cow’s milk. It is aged in caves or cellars in the mountains of Haute Savoie. There is a charming anecdote regarding this cheese’s name and origin. The story goes that during the Middle Ages, farmers paid their taxes with milk from their cattle. But in order to pay less, the farmers do not fully milk their animals. (I guess nobody really likes taxes, even then. I sure don’t.) And after the tax collectors go, the farmers milk their cattle again. The much richer milk they get with the second milking is the one they use to make Reblochon. In fact, the word Reblochon comes from the French word “reblocher” which means “to milk the cow’s again”. Reblochon is said to have a nutty taste and a strong herby smell. Similar to Boursin, a bottle of fruity red wine would complement this yummy cheese.

6. Munster

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Munster is a soft white cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk from cattle found in the mountain range in northeastern France called Vosges. It is said to have been first made by monks who lived in Munster Valley, who came from Ireland. Munster is rubbed by hand with a cloth soaked in a rock salt and water solution. Then it is left outside for a week. After a week, the cheese is brought inside the caves where they are left to age. However, the cheese is washed and brushed every two days. Munster cheese has quite a strong flavor and smell, and it is usually paired with red wine.

7. Pont l’Evèque

Pont l'Evèque
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Pont l’Evèque is a pale yellow cheese with a white orange rind. It is considered to be among the world’s oldest cheeses. It is known to have been first produced during the Middles ages, around the thirteenth century. It was first known by the name of d’Angelot. Centuries later, it was mainly manufactured in a community called Pont l’Evèque in Normandy. And that was how it later adapted the name. It is often made from pasteurized cow’s milk. It is a soft creamy and buttery cheese with a rather strong aroma or odor. Some say it goes well with Pinot Noir, while others say it is perfect with Champagne. My advice? Try both and decide for yourself which one complements Pont l’Evèque best.

Is your favorite French cheese in this list? If it’s not, what is your favorite French cheese? What wine do you usually serve with it? Do you know any interesting stories behind your favorite French cheese?