This coming weekend is packed with French events: Bastille Day, The Tour de France and of course, the World Cup final on Sunday. Get your baguettes and berets ready.
I’m a self-proclaimed francophile. It’s no secret that French wines are far and away my favorite wines on the planet, and with all of the French events this weekend I felt it necessary to round up a list my current faves from the shelves. Hey, any excuse to drink French wine is OK with me.
Vive la France!
Forever and ever and always, Champagne. If I had to take one thing on a desert island with me, it would be Champagne.
Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs, $58.99
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Magnum $179
Mousse Fils Cuvee Noire Reserve $44.99
It’s going to be 100 degrees this weekend, you need some rose in your life.
Domaine Fontsainte Gris de Gris, $12.99 Les Rocailles Savoie Rose, $15.99
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose, $39.99
So many white wines, so little time. This adage always rings true for me with French wines, there is just such a breadth of diversity to French whites. You can find one to fit every palate, every budget, every mood, every meal.
Mure Clos Saint Landelin Grand Cru Riesling, Alsace, $39.99
Domaine Cheverny Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, $14.99
Domaine Ostertag Sylvaner, Alsace, $26.99
Chateau La Rame Blanc, Bordeaux, $16.99
Domaine du Bagnol, Cassis, $17.99
Danile-Etienne DeFaix Chablis 1er Cru 2003,$51.99
Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Les Fairendes’, Burgundy, $89.99
Since it’s still summer, I’ve selected lighter-bodied reds (exception: one Bordeaux that I just had to include because it makes me so happy). Drink these with a slight chill and un ham-bur-ger.
Chanrion Cote-de-Brouilly Beaujolais, $18.99 Chateau le Puy St.Emilion, Bordeaux $47.99
Maxime Magnon La Demarrante, Corbieres $26.99
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil, Loire, $18.99