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September 30, 2015

French Wine

There is no doubt that the French wine industry is one of the largest wine industries in the world, equaling Italy and Spain. The French wine industry is a leading, along with Italy in terms of maximum quantity of wine produced, producing 23.1% of the total wine in the world. Many of the French wines rank among the best wines in the world, due to their quality attributes.

French wine is a part of tradition that links local wines to local foods. French wine gifts, like all European wine gifts are intended to be consumed with food. Because of this, French wines’ flavor profiles have a range that goes beyond fruit and warm oaky richness to include brisk acidity, more fruit tannin and that sense of place, terroir, as the French would say.

Then there is a fact that we are most comfortable with labels that list the grape type, and many French wines omit the grape type on their labels. But, for the French, grape type is not as important, the place of origin is the key. Indeed, most fine wines from France are named after the French wine regions they come from, though there are some which take their root from French words, such as Pinot Noir.

The main French wine regions are Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Corsica, Côtes du Rhone, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire Valley, Provence and South West. As each region differs from the other in terms of the kind of cultivation, vineyards, grapes used, geographical location as well as the climatic condition, a wine from each area will have a different taste as compared to wines from other French regions.

All the grapes that are best known to us, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot etc. are all standard grapes in French wine list. These grape types are the ones that have made their way with most success to wine regions all over the world.

Some of the best fine wines from the French wine list include Pinot Blanc from the region of Alsace, Bordeaux, the Corton from the Burgundy regions, Champagne, the Merlot and Chardonnay from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir from the Loire regions, and the Carignan and Clairette wines from the Rhone regions.

Whether you are looking for a white wine or red wine, a dry wine or dessert wine, this French wine list of some of the finest wines from this country is sure to delight the taste buds of anyone wanting to dabble in the tasting of a delicious wine. And at Metal Imagination you will find the original paring to your favorite French wine – unique handcrafted metal wine bottle holders that will match any special occasion and event.