Every wine lover on the planet owes a debt of gratitude to the French. France is where the textbook was written, where the idea of wine as natural art from was born.
It’s the French that gave us cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, pinot noir and grenache, sauvignon blanc, semillon and pinot gris. And France is home to the places that showed us how great those grapes can be, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace and the Rhone; best of all they gave us Champagne. And that alone is enough to forgive them for their pop music.
Far from being the "cheese eating surrender monkeys" coined by The Simpsons way back in '95, the French have a proud history when it comes to battle; proven time and time again as the emerging "new world" style wines challenge the "old world" winemaking styles of the French.
French wine is layered with complexity, earthy and interesting; the French don't mind small faults in their wines as it gives them an intangible quality, a certain "je ne sais quoi".
French wine with Food?
Baguettes; Croissants; oh-hoh-hoh-hoh-hoh. The French have an unfortunate reputation for being arrogant; an arrogance that we believe is they can own proudly when you think of the food they have given the world. French fries, french onion soup, Frogs legs and Fois Gras; ok they're not the best examples but you can certainly find some great french food and wine combinations. Champagne and Oysters anyone?