Wine Region in France

Dec 11th, 2010, 02:04 AM
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Wine Region in France

There are so many cities in France's wine region, where can we go for wine tasting in the spring? We'll be base in Paris for 2 weeks.
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Dec 11th, 2010, 02:54 AM
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Capital of ancient Brugundy one of lots of great options

Be sure you get your schedules correct based on where you go.
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Dec 11th, 2010, 03:00 AM
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Well, there are also far more than one wine region in France. Off the top of my head, before 7 in the morning, I can think of Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Cotes du Rhone, and various Provencal/Languedoc winemaking areas.

These all have very, very different wines, very different scenery, and very different cities.

If convenience to Paris is the most important criterion, the Champagne country around Reims is pretty close.
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Dec 11th, 2010, 05:59 AM
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It might be better to work backward, in a manner of speaking. What French wines do you like the most? Visit the area where they are made.
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Dec 11th, 2010, 07:09 AM
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There are dozens and dozens, actually hundreds, of "wine regions" in France, including Paris itself, which has vineyards in Montmartre. I agree with Lexma, visit the area where the wines you enjoy are made.
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IMO, the most scenic wine regions are Alsace & Cote du Rhone in Provence.

Once when this question came up a few years ago, a Burgundy wine fan stated that the wines you normally get to taste in Burgundy are not mature enough to fully appreciate. I assume that is true of Bordeaux also.

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Dec 11th, 2010, 08:04 AM
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If tasting is the priority, not the scenery, I am sure that some wine bar in Paris will provide that experience, allowing you to taste wines from different regions.
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Dec 11th, 2010, 12:39 PM
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I suggest that you take the train to Dijon, rent a car, and drive around Burgundy looking for *Degustation* signs. Beaune and Nuits-St-Georges and surrounding villages should not be missed. Stop and taste, and buy.

Most of the Burgundy red wines are made from the pinot noir grape. There is also a nice wine called passetoutgrains which is a blend of pinot noir and gamay.

The primary white wine of Burgundy is chardonnay. Another white, my choice, is aligoté.

You can buy most of these wines by the bottle or en vrac, in a 10 to 30 liter plastic container.

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