There are so many reasons we’re obsessed with France: the views, the culture, the language, the food. But there’s one thing we love in particular about the overseas destination: French wine. And what better way to celebrate Bastille Day than with a glass (or two)?
Thanks to its famous vineyards, France has been known to create some of the most delicious wines. But, it can be hard to find a tasty beverage at a reasonable price. We talked to Dominique Moreno, an American wine and spirits import manager at Southern Wine and Spirits, to give us the scoop on how to score a delicious but affordable bottle.
Moreno says that they key to finding something budget-friendly and delicious is to look by location. For rosés, she says to look at Cotes de Provence. For whites and reds, Moreno recommends checking out Languedoc and Cotes du Rhône. “The wines from these regions are typically blended, bold fruit-forward red blends of Syrah and Grenache and elegant, floral white blends of Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Marsanne that exhibit a rich velvety texture on the palate.” Jared Gelband, wine director and sommelier at Italian Village Restaurants, also recommends the Cotes de Rhoône area for reds.
Torn between red, white, or rose? Moreno says that everyone’s palates are different, but that rosé is always a safe bet for delicious French wine. “When in doubt, drink pink!” Moreno says. “Don't ever hesitate to invest in a Provençal Rosé. You won't be disappointed.”
In light of her suggestion and Bastille Day, try the Chevalier de Lafoux Sainte Anne Rose Cotes De Provence tonight. It’s a fresh, light option with hints of cherry and strawberry. You can find it at any Total Wine store in your area, which means you won’t have to waste any time tracking down the right drink. Plus, at just $13, this bottle won’t break the bank.
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If you’re looking to pair it with a meal, Moreno recommends seafood. It will compliment the lighter meat rather than overpower it. But, if you can’t give up your red wine, Gelbrand recommends a Chateauneuf du Pape from Southern Rhone. You can’t go wrong either way, and these varietals are both guaranteed to be delicious. Cheers to that.