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I can already hear the crowds delirious as they reveal the best way to choose your wine on your own like a great one! After his few tips you will never be afraid to choose a bottle of wine by yourself again.

1/ CALM DOWN!

If there is one first piece of advice I can give you. For many people, buying wine is a very complicated step. Yes, there are many choices on the shelves of a supermarket and/or grocery store and most often no landmarks or advice (that’s why you go to the wine store!). However, you are not committing yourself to your life or to buying a house with a 25-year credit. Wine must remain a pleasure! As with any other field, a mistake will help you to make your selection a little better each time.

So stay zen and the rest of my advice will do the rest!

2/ ENJOY YOURSELF! YES, BUT WITH WHOM?

To choose your wine, the important step in the selection process, with whom will you share this bottle? It should be noted that if you bring wine to an evening for 20 people, it will be very difficult to please everyone.

Don’t forget to please YOU!

3/ FIND THE GRAPE VARIETY THAT SUITS YOU

I can never tell you enough: the grape variety is at the heart of everything! Here is a quick guide to the grape varieties. The goal is for you to be able to identify the grape variety you love most.

RED

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To the north of the French vineyard, we find mainly pinot noir and gamay. They will produce light wines, with a fairly light ruby red colour.

Gamay gives more red fruit aromas (cherry, strawberry or blackberry), pinot noir will bring aromas of berries and fruits (blackcurrant, strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant) and vegetable notes (moss, mushrooms).

On the banks of the Loire, Cabernet Franc can also be found. This is the Chinon grape variety! This grape variety produces wines that are a little more tannic but still quite round and fruity.

In Bordeaux, you will find Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Cabernet is powerful and tannic, it brings character to Bordeaux. Merlot brings fruit and intensity. They are mostly assembled together (no more Merlot on the right bank (Saint-Emilion, Blayes, côtes de bourg) and no more Cabernet on the left bank (Medoc, Pessac-léognan)).

From Languedoc to CĂ´tes du RhĂ´ne, the same basic blend is found almost everywhere: Syrah and Grenache noir. Syrah gives spicy aromas and character. Grenache gives intense red and black fruit aromas. These are wines full of sunshine.

If you want to know more about the harvest, read my article now: “All about the harvest

WHITE

 

Chardonnay is the universal grape variety found everywhere in Burgundy. It is also found in many wines from the South of France. These are round and fat wines on the palate with fruity aromas. The sunnier the region, the more intense the chardonnay will be.

Sauvignon blanc is very present in the west (Loire and Bordeaux). It is a grape variety with aromas of citrus fruits, zests and white flowers. They are generally quite dry and lively.

The chenin is present in some Loire appellations (Saumur, Anjou, Savennières…). They are dry but aromatic

Viognier, dry muscatel, white grenache share Languedoc and a large part of the CĂ´tes du RhĂ´ne.

I’m not talking about Alsace grape varieties because a separate article is coming soon!

ROSE

I invite you to read my article on COLOUR DOES NOT ROSE

4/ WHAT ARE WE EATING?

This is an important step that I will summarize as best I could because I had not planned to write so much on the subject!

APERITIF

Treat yourself, that’s the main thing. In summer, drink light and fresh wines (Loire, Burgundy in red and white). In winter, warm up with sunny wines (Bordeaux, South-West, Languedoc and CĂ´tes du RhĂ´ne)

LIGHT MEAL

Salad, gazpacho, mozzarella tomatoes, grilled fish are on the menu? Choosing your wine means choosing light and fruity wines. The tannins of more powerful wines will tend to be exacerbated.

RICHE MEALS

Ratatouille, piece of beef, oven-baked chicken, dishes in sauce? If the sun and heat are on your plate, do the same for your wines. Dare the character of southern wines.

IS IT A PARTY?

There are more and more people to drink white or rosĂ© at the aperitif but don’t forget the champagne (on all occasions!) and the crĂ©mants or other bubbles (prosecco, clairette, limoux) to adapt according to your budget.

5/ WHAT PRICE PER BOTTLE?

Then, finding a good wine for less than 5 euros at the supermarket is more of an exception than a rule! For my part, I consider that a correct bottle is between 6 and 10 euros. Great wines start at 15 euros and beyond.

Special case for champagne below 20-25 euros for a bottle. I recommend you to take a good crémant between 10 and 15 euros which will be better than a small Champagne already too expensive.

6/ BONUS ADVICE: MEDALS

Do not rely too much on medals except perhaps the gold and silver medals from the Paris Agricultural Competition and the Brussels Vinalies.

Tell me in commentary, if you like this article. A little more people are being trained every day to better understand and consume wine! And it’s for my greatest pleasure!

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See you very soon,
Corentin – DesVinsaVous

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