Delicious White Wines From France

As the weather warms up, I wanted to highlight three cool, crisp wines that you can enjoy all spring and summer long. Often, my friends avoid wines from France, for fear of butchering the pronunciation of their names. While the names are often difficult to pronounce, a little information will have you ordering delicious French wines in no time.

Chardonnay from Chablis, France

The first wine we tried was Gilbert Picq (gill-bay peek) Chablis (sha-blee). It’s made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, and has a crisp minerality that isn’t typical of New World Chardonnay. I enjoy sipping on Chablis with oysters and other fish and shellfish. I also enjoy it very much with goat cheese.

Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France

Next, we enjoyed Chateau la Rame Sauvignon Blanc. A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillion grapes, this is a delicious French white wine. Flavors of pink grapefruit and lemon are followed by a big wave of acidity on the finish that makes this a great food wine. Pair it with fish and shellfish, grilled chicken, or cheeses, especially goat!

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, France

Chenin Blanc is the predominant grape grown in the Vouvray region of France. The La Craie Vouvray is a slightly sweet medium bodied wine with tame floral aromas and a thick, honeyed fruit or even honeydew palate. It’s great to sip on around the pool, or with a cheese and fruit plate at a party. It pairs with charcuterie, and goes well with a host of cheeses like Camembert, Crottin, Derby, Aged Gouda, Havarti, Monterey Jack, Saint-Nectaire, and you can even try Cheesecake!

What’s your take on white wines from France? Leave a comment below, and let me know if you’ve had any of the wines I’ve discussed, or similar ones. And, as always, I love constructive criticism of the blog and tv segments. How can I make it a good time with wine for you?

Cheers!

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  • Tina

    I guess my taste in wines is somewhat unusual, as I am generally having a hard time finding French wines that I really like, with France being sort of THE wine country and all…
    But there is one kind of French white wine that I just love, and that’s Gewurztraminer from Alsace. Of course Alsace is somewhat special and different among French wine regions because of it’s history and influences… Maybe you could do a segment on that one day :-)

  • http://agoodtimewithwine.com Matt.mmwine

    Tina-
    Thanks for the comment! I think it’s a matter of finding the style of French wine that suits you. I enjoy Gewurztraminer, though it’s not something I have frequently. I’ve got a number of different ideas in the hopper, including a Vouvray tasting, and may indeed include a Gewurzt. However, you’re not the first person to tell me they don’t like French wine. My goal, however, is to find one you DO enjoy!

    Cheers
    Matt

  • http://www.drinknectar.com @nectarwine

    Matt,

    I think it’s fantastic that your local station has such a passion for wine in the community. Its nice to be able to help people have courage to try new wine. Great plug for your web site too!

    Josh @nectarwine on Twitter

  • http://agoodtimewithwine.com mmwine

    Thanks Josh! I appreciate your comments, compliments, and support. All I'm trying to do is give people a little bit of information about different wines, so they can make informed choices in stores and restaurants.

    I am grateful to CBS12 for the opportunity they have given me to appear monthly. I am also grateful to the Daytime TV show, which allows me to come on the show anywhere from once to three times a month and also talk about wine information. That's a nationwide show, so you may get it in your area. I'm actually on this Friday – and there's a side story about the segment I can DM you about ;)

    Cheers
    Matt

  • http://siliconvalleydiva.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    You look very poised and like you know your stuff. Well done! I haven't tried these particular wines (at least that I can recall), but IMO any type of French wine goes GREAT with Comté cheese. Have you tried it? It's my all time favorite cheese! And Brie, of course lol. Taste great slightly melted w/crackers, although don't think the French eat it like that.

    Hey, we are going to France this summer, staying for a month! w00t! Cannot WAIT.

    Any tips on storing French wine that we bring back with us? If we don't have a wine cellar should we skip it? It always seems the wine doesn't taste as good once we get it home.

  • http://agoodtimewithwine.com mmwine

    Thanks for stopping by Lisa.
    I have found that the key to making sure wine stays drinkable for longer periods of time without a cellar is avoiding heat. If you can keep it around 70 degrees, you'll get a few months out of it. If you keep it under 65 degrees (cool closet?) you'll get much more time. Also – when ever I travel with wine – I give it a month or so to rest. I know you only need a few weeks – but I figure the extra time in the bottle wont hurt it any!

    let me know where you visit, what you try, and what comes back!!

    I am a big Comte fan – though I haven't bought it in a while! MUST do that this weekend!
    Cheers
    Matt

  • http://www.pagliotti.com/newsoapbox Carol Anne

    I took your advice and tried the Chenin Blanc from Vouvray. I was surprised to find that Hops & Grapes didn't have any so I tried Canal's and found 3 different bottles. I chose the most expensive bottle, which was in the $12-$13 range. I think the brand was Laboure-Roi. I really enjoyed the 2 glasses I've had so far. Thanks for directing me (a total wine novice) to a nice, sweet, tasty wine.

  • http://agoodtimewithwine.com mmwine

    Carol Anne –
    I am so excited that you tried, and enjoyed a Chenin Blanc as I recommended. The grape is grown in places other than Vouvray, of course, but I thought that for your first time out, you should give it a try. There are nice options from South Africa as well, such as the Rudera that I've talked about on the blog as well. Enjoy!!

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