The LCBO is currently doing a French wine education theme that I highly recommend for novice drinkers. Some of the wine picks (paid promotion) are not the best, but whatâ€™s important is your opportunity to understand the origin of the major grape varieties. Australia did not invent Chardonnay or Shiraz!
If youâ€™re interested, Iâ€™d like to offer a few of my French wine learning tips.
1. Memorize the following wine region name, Cotes-du-Rhone. Itâ€™s the Mecca of red wine. A place where grapes, soil, sun and man have combined to deliver a perfect product at an everyday price. Check out the two Louis Bernard wines.
LOUIS BERNARD 08 Cotes du Rhone, France 581645 $11.80
LOUIS BERNARD 08 Cotes du Rhone Villages, France 391458 $12.85
2. A light French red to explore for summer patio/picnic drinking is the bright, cheerful Yvon Mau Shiraz. Shades of a rustic Beaujolais. Refreshing and very gulpable. Lightly chill.
YVON MAU 08 Shiraz, VDP de lâ€™Aude 621979 $9.79
3. Something new in French wine packaging is the fun, Cest la Vie label. The wine is light, rustic and simple but I like it. Because it offers a traditional French cafÃ© wine experience. No pretence.
C’EST la VIE! 08 Pinot Noir/Syrah, VDP dâ€™Oc, France 166934 $11.95