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Unlike the rest of France, Alsace names its wines by grape varietal instead of just place names of origin. White wines comprise the vast majority of Alsace wines. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling are the most noteworthy of the Alsace varietals. The Alsace Gewurztraminer has remarkable flavors, unlike any New World wines, low acidity, high alcohol content all wrapped in a zesty blend of aromatic spice. The Alsace Pinot Blanc is reasonably priced and is a light-bodied white wine. The Pinot Gris has a fuller-body and reveals a rich flavor profile. The traditional Alsace Riesling is a dry, white wine with characteristic mineral nuances. Located in the North East of France, between the Vosges and the Rhine river. The main cities are Strasbourg, Mulhouse, and Colmar.

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With over 12,000 winegrowers and over 50 diverse growing appellations, it is no wonder that Bordeaux is the red wine hound of France. Over 80% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red, primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. The two prevailing red wine-producing subregions of Bordeaux are aptly referred to as "Left Bank" and "Right Bank." The Left Bank has soils with higher gravel content that favor Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. French wines from the Left Bank usually require more time to mature and will age for years. While the Right Bank lends itself to soil with more clay, preferring the Merlot grapes, with their early-ripening characteristics. The Right Bank wines are typically better suited for beginning Bordeaux wine drinkers, as they have lower tannin content, more fruit-forward flavor and are more inviting initially. If you are looking for a moderately priced Bordeaux try the Chateau Lanessan 2000 Bordeaux. Located near the Atlantic coast, in the south west of France. The Bordeaux wine region covers Gironde, an administrative department (also a river) of the Aquitaine region. The main cities are Bordeaux, Mérignac, Libourne, Bègles, and Blanquefort.

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The French wine-growing region of Burgundy is legendary for its legacy of both red Burgundy (Pinot Noir) and white Burgundy wines (Chardonnay). Burgundy lies on the eastern side of France and covers just over 100 miles. The dominating grape varietals grown in this region are Pinot Noir (making Red Burgundy wines), Chardonnay (making White Burgundy wines) and Gamay (making Beaujolais). Burgundy's moderate climate with warm summers and cold winters allow the high-maintenance Pinot Noir grape to grow particularly well. Red Burgundy wines are often on the pricier side; however, if you are looing for a recommended producer start with Louis Jadot - notable for producing consistent, quality Burgundies vintage after vintage. White Burgundy is a Chardonnay Lover's delight, with flavors of peaches and honey, crisp acidity and complex flavors that pair particularly well with seafood. As for Beaujolais - this is certainly a fun, affordable and very approachable red wine. Perfect for those beginning their red wine adventures, with lots of fruit-flavor, low tannins and general palate appeal. Located one hundred kilometers south from Paris and spreads itself down to Lyon. It stretches on 360 kilometers (225 miles). The main cities are Dijon, Chalon sur Saône, Auxerre, Macon, and Beaune.

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Champagne region is located East of Paris, along the Marne, Vesle and Aisne rivers. The wine region starts 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Paris, around the city of Meaux and stretches along the Marne river to the city of Epernay. Champagne spreads on 3 districts: Marne, Aube and Aisne. The heartland of the Champagne region is Marne which can be separated into 3 areas: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Cote des Blancs. Weather is quite special in Champagne. Winter is cool, summer and fall are sunny. The average temperature in the region is around 11 to 12 C (52 to 53.5 F). Champagne is the most up north wine region in France. Sparkling wine usually come from areas where grapes don't have enough sun to ripe according to other wine standards. The soil is chalky which is what is needed for Champagne wine. The main cities are Reims, Troyes, Chalons en Champagne, and Epernay.

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Languedoc-Roussillon region is along the Mediterranean sea shores, between the Rhône delta and Spain. Wine has always been very important in the economy of the region. However tourism has become the most important income source. Languedoc Roussillon is now a destination that attract many tourists. The region has some of the finest beaches in France. The countryside is gorgeous and less overcrowded than in Provence. The region has many historic places of interest, strong traditional culture and authentic food, a vibrant city as Montpellier and a lot of sun to offer! Languedoc Roussillon is a very good alternative to the French riviera, Provence and Périgord altogether. The main cities are Montpellier, Nimes, Perpignan, and Béziers.

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Known for its white wines mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Muscadet, the Loire Valley rests on the northwest side of France. The wines from the Loire Valley come in a vast array of styles, from dry to sweet and from white to sparkling - wines from the Loire are typically lighter-bodied due to the cooler climate. Styles to keep an eye out for include Pouilly-Fume (made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, Sancerre (also made from Sauvignon Blanc), Muscadet (made from the Muscadet grape), and Vouvray (from the Chenin Blanc grape). The Valley of the Loire, in the Centre West of France, is often considered as the most beautiful French wine region.The region is wide and follows the river, starting in the Auvergne and Massif Central and finishing on the Atlantic coast around Nantes city. The main cities are Nantes, Tours, Angers, and Bourges.

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Provence is one of the most beautiful regions in France. Eventually the region is also one of the most popular and attracts many visitors and dwellers. Provence calls to mind sun, lavender, olive tree and rosé wine. Provence vineyard is very old. The Roman were the first to grow vines there not far way from Marseille port. Caesar wrote about it in his memories. Provence is very well known for its rosé wine. The region produces almost half of the rosé french production. However red and white wines from provence are improving and some of them can compete with the best in France. A few producers to try include: Chateau Pradeaux and Chateau de Roquefort. Provence wines are produced on the border of the Mediterranean sea, from La Ciotat to Saint Raphael, and from Sanary towards Carnoules and around the Var valley towards Nice. The main cities are Marseille, Nice, Toulon, Aix en Provence, and Cannes.

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The Rhone Valley lies in southeastern France, providing distinct growing conditions to produce some of France's best bargain red wines. Grenache, Syrah and Viognier are the primary grape varietals grown in this region. The laid-back Grenache grapes flourish in the sizzling southern Rhone, producing red wines that are good deals, with good flavor and plenty of food pairing options. The northern Rhone specializes in Syrah grapes, manifesting themselves into the two most popular red wines the Hermitage and the Cote Rotie. The Côtes du Rhône (Rhône Valley) is a long narrow area which stretches on both banks of the Rhône river banks. Côtes du Rhône begins just south of Lyon and finishes 200 kilometres (125 miles) further, just south of Avignon. The main cities are Lyon, Avignon, Montélimar, Orange, and Vienne.

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Between the Bordeaux region and the Pyrénées, the South-West is a traditional wine region, probably even oldest than its neighbor. Wines from the South-West have often been confused with Bordeaux wines. But one must not conclude that those wines are of a lower quality. Virgil and Horatius have praised wines from South West high and sometimes low! Nowadays wines from South West are of excellent quality for the value and should be recommended because of their unique personality based on local history and traditions. Located near the edge of the Bordeaux region to the Pyrénées mountains, it's main cities are Toulouse, Tarbes, and Albi.

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There's nothing more enjoyable than a good bottle of French wine accompanied by a selection of delicious French cheeses. France is known as the cheese ‘capital’ of the world with somewhere over 1,000 different cheeses. This is the largest number produced in any country in the world. Try the cheeses of France and discover that there’s more to French cheese than just Brie and Camembert. There are nutty hard cheeses, soft creamy cheeses and cheeses made from goat’s and ewe’s milk too.

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