Wine in France
Wine in France
There's no way I can go fully into French wines here, but your waiter or the restaurant's sommelier (wine steward) should be able to pair your meal with an appropriate vintage.
But be careful—ordering wine by the bottle can jack up the cost of your meal in no time.
Table wine by the liter carafe or demi (half a liter) is always cheaper and tastes almost as good as any fancy estate label.
France's top vins rouges (red wines) are produced in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Loire and Rhone valleys.
Great French white wines hail from Alsace, the Loire, Burgundy, and Bordeaux.
And don't forget that sparkling white wine from the vineyards east of Paris called Champagne.
Relax in an elegant wine bar in central Paris and begin your French wine-tasting experience! With a professional sommelier, taste several award-winning French wines from different regions in France such as Sancerre, Champagne and Bordeaux. Learn about the history of French wine, how to read a wine label, and the different wine-making regions in France. You can also purchase any of your favorite wines at the end of your tasting.
You have three options to choose from:
1.5-hour wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie lunch: This more in-depth session includes a tasting of five French wines accompanied by artisanal bread, cheese and charcuterie (cured meats), such as smoked ham from southwestern France and saucisson (dried sausage) from Corsica. Your sommelier will take you through the different wine regions including Rhone, Bordeaux and Champagne. Learn the art of food and wine pairing and discover expert wine-tasting techniques.
2-hour wine and Champagne tasting: Join this wine tasting and enjoy six French wines from regions including Champagne, Sancerre and Rhône, accompanied by fresh bread. Explore the art of food and wine pairing; learn how to read a French wine label and navigate a wine list; and uncover the meanings of commonly used terms like 'terroir' and 'appellation.' Your sommelier will provide great tips and plenty of fun anecdotes, too!
2-hour grand cru wine tasting: During this ultimate wine-tasting experience, try six of France's greatest wines accompanied by a platter of delectable cheese and charcuterie. The six different wines, selected from some of the countrys best wineries, include grands crus (a classification of French wine denoting exceptionally high quality), premiers crus (the second-highest classification level) and older vintage wines, all boasting rich, complex flavors. Your sommelier will be on-hand to answer all your questions, and the content of the class will be tailored to meet your needs and preferences.
Make your own way to the central Paris wine bar-restaurant that will host your tasting.
When you arrive, be shown to the elegant, cellar-like tasting room all stone walls and vaults and meet your professional sommelier and the rest of your like-minded, wine-loving group.
Take a seat at the communal dining table and listen as your sommelier talks you through whats ahead. Your sommelier will have chosen four top-notch French wines, including Champagne, to match the menu for the evening menus vary according to the season and will give you a fascinating introduction to each variety and why it makes the perfect foil to your food.
Then, relax over your delicious 3-course meal, with an appetizer, main course and dessert (see Itinerary for a sample menu) skilfully prepared by the Cordon Bleu French chef. While you eat, enjoy the generous servings of wine and hear about the origins of each varietal and the French wine region it hails from.
As you sip on Champagne, learn how its made and what makes it special, and throughout the meal, build your wine knowledge as your sommelier explains concepts such as 'terroir' the type of natural environment in which a wine is produced. Chat freely to your fellow guests, join in discussions about wine, and glean expert tips from your sommelier on how to taste wines properly and pair them with food.
Drink in the convivial atmosphere and after dessert, enjoy a tasting of a classic digestif such as Bas-Armagnac, Cognac or Calvados.As the evening ends, receive an information sheet on the wines youve tasted, and after saying goodbye to your sommelier and fellow guests, head back to your hotel.
Treat yourself to an evening of wine tasting in an elegant wine cellar in central Paris, located near the Louvre museum. Taste six wines from regions all over France including Rhone, Sancerre, Bordeaux and Champagne.
Your friendly and informative sommelier guide will lead the session and offer interesting insight into French wine with a unique and refreshing approach. Discover how Champagne is made and what makes it so prized. Learn how to taste wine properly and how to read a French wine label. If youve ever been confused by concepts such as terroir or appellation, your knowledgeable host will explain them in detail.
In a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy samples of wine, served in crystal Riedel wine glasses, accompanied by fresh bread, plus cheese or charcuterie, if you select that option. As you savor the flavors, learn about the different wine regions of France including the grapes they grow and the style of wine they make. Youll be given a list of the wines you tasted as a reminder of your afternoon, and will leave your 2-hour wine-tasting session with newfound expertise and appreciation of French wine.
Meet your Sommelier behind the Panthéon in the historic 5th district of Paris and discover Paris with new eyes, during a lovely walk in the streets of the oldest part of the city, learning the secrets of Lutece - the old Roman village. You will stop at a wine shop where your Sommelier will give you tips to pick the best wines for good value. You will learn all the information you need to buy wine and how much you should pay for (labelling, aging, regions etc. ).
After shopping, you will follow your Sommelier until a small authentic Parisian bistrot for a 1 hour wine and cheese paring tasting. You will discover 3 cheeses from small French Producers and taste each of them with the perfect french wine match. You will discover new flavors and tasting sensations. You will talk with your Sommelier about grapes varieties, the exciting "new" french wine regions, biodynamic wine...
Your Sommelier is friendly, knowledgable and experienced at teaching from the beginner to expert levels.
After making your way to a wine restaurant near the Louvre, your evening of fine food and wine in Paris begins with a glass of Champagne. In a city renowned for its high quality cuisine, this restaurant offers the chance to enjoy delicious dishes made with only the finest fresh and seasonal produce, and designed to go perfectly with the wide variety of wines available.
Alongside your meal, enjoy three different glasses of wine -- each paired with the separate courses to complement your food. Note each wines complex flavors and tones, and you'll understand the role that wine plays in fine dining.
End your dinner with a classic digestif -- an alcoholic drink (usually a fortified wine or liquor) that aids digestion and then leave the restaurant to continue your night in Paris on your own.
- First course: Duck foie-gras with apple and mango chutney and red onion jam
- Wine: Loin de loeil sweet white wine from South Ouest
- Main course: Duck Magret (succulent breast meat from corn-fed ducks) and pumpkin velouté (sauce)
- Wine: Saint Joseph red wine from the Rhone Valley
- Dessert: Moelleux au chocolat (dense chocolate cake with a melting center) served with vanilla ice cream
- Wine: Fitou white dessert wine from Languedoc
- Digestif: Chartreuse or Cognac