All About French Wines

Although France is not the world’s biggest producer of wine, but it produces the most amount of wine by value. Lots of connoisseurs consider French wines to be superior in comparison to all other wines in the world. There are approximate, ten regions that produce French wines. These regions are: Alsace, the South West, Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire Valley, Provence, Corsica and the Cotes du Rhone. You can read  Mike Asimos interview on the web to get more knowledge about french wines.

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Grapes that are grown in France, or at any vineyard, in fact, are grown under the specific set of conditions which in turn contribute to its taste. This is called terroir.  French wines are famous for their terroir. Some conditions that contribute to the taste of the wine are grape variety, a climate of the area, slope, soil chemistry below the vine, and/or the length of the post-harvesting process to finish the wine.

French wines collectively have over 100 different terroirs, which is a huge variety of different conditions where grapes are grown. In turn, this produces numerous different wines, so almost no one bottle of French wine is the same as another.

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As such, there are 19 varieties of grapes that can be used to produce everything from cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and pinot noir to chardonnay, Chenin blanc, and pinot Gris.

French wines and their labels are a little bit difficult to understand if you don’t know French. French wines are labeled by the region they come from. Most other wines are labeled by variety, like “cabernet sauvignon” or “chardonnay.” So knowing which wine to choose takes a little bit of advance knowledge on which regions produce the kind of wine you’re looking for. For example, the Pomerol and St. Emilion regions of France only produce merlots. In Burgundy, merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes are grown.

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