A Beginner’s Guide to French Wine
I recently wrote a post all about French Wine (A Beginner’s Guide to French Wine). I broke it down by region and outlined some key wines that are produced in some of the major French wine regions. To learn more, check out the post here! Today, I wanted to share some wines from a few different regions and some delicious cheeses and salts to pair together.
Beaujolais, France – Les Vins Georges Duboeuf
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is a family-owned winery in the Beaujolais region of France. They have been producing quality wines since 1964.
2015 George Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages (Gamay) – Gamay is definitely a lesser known varietal of wine, but it is so delicious. Being more of a light-bodied wine, Gamay is very similar to Pinot Noir. This one specifically has flavors of strawberry and black current. I would pair this fruity French wine with grilled chicken or salmon.
2015 Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuissé (Chardonnay) – My go-to white wine is definitely Chardonnay, so I was a huge fan of this wine. This one had a more mineral flavor, as opposed to oak-y or buttery. It also has hints of almonds and peach, which is pretty unique for a Chardonnay! This French wine is absolutely incredible paired with brie.
Loire Valley, France – Marie de Beauregard Vineyard
2015 Marie de Beauregard Vouvray (Chenin Blanc) – Made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes, this wine is very delecate and fruity. It has just a hint of sweetness, but still dry enough for those that prefer dry white wines. It has flavors of pear and honey, it it pairs nicely with a spring salad.
2015 Marie de Beauregard Chinon (Cabernet Franc) – This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc. For those of you that have yet to try a Cab Franc, this one is definitely a good one to start with. Cab Francs are known to be similar to a Cab Sauv, but with more intense earthy flavors. This one, specifically, has a lot of woody notes with stewed sweet spices. It also has just a hint of blackberry and vanilla. This was probably my favorite French wine out of the bunch!
French Cheese to Pair With
St. Andre Brie – The best part about this Brie: you can pick it up at almost any local grocery store (Whole Foods, TJ, Harris Teeter, Publix, etc.). It is incredible to pair with the Beaujolais Chardonnay. This soft ripened triple cream brie is from Normandy.
St. Agur Blue Cheese – I love that this blue cheese has a more buttery texture. It definitely has those strong and pungent blue cheese flavors, but the texture was amazing. It was softer, but still crumbles nicely like a normal blue cheese. Try this with some salami and a sip of the Cab Franc.
I received La Baleine Kosher Sea Salt and La Baleine Fine Grey Sea Salt from Guerande. Before grilling some steak, I sprinkled both of these on top and it was delicious. I also sprinkled the fine grey sea salt on a spinach and arugula salad. Tossed with only a little bit of olive oil and vinegar… it was perfect.