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Thursday, April 23 2009

French Wine : Bordeaux !

Glass of white wine I guess you all have, at least once, heard the reputation of French wine but how many of you know anything more than "it's supposed to be good" ?...Don't answer ;) Let me make something clear before : it's a legend that in France everybody's a wine expert. Most of my friends barely can make the difference between a good wine and grape juice ;) ! (that's okay now, you can confess you know nothing about french wines)

So today I'm gonna teach you some little things :) (yeah, I forgot to tell you : I know some little things about wine ... I've been in a club :) ). First of all you must know that there are three (let's say four...) types of wine :

  • Red
  • White
  • White
  • Rosé (<= hey, that's a french word :) It means "pinked")

I know I typed "White" twice, that's because it's very common to distinguish sweet white from dry white. And I know I initially wrote that there were only 3 types of whine : that's because I don't consider Rosé as worth drinking so for me there are only Red, Sweet White, and Dry White :)

What's the difference between the three ? Easy : red wines are...red :) ! White wines are...white :) And Rosé wines are.... (let me remind you that it's a french word meaning "pinked") ....pink :) !! Therefore I'll let you guess where's the red, white, and rosé in the picture above :

Wines

Oh yeah, the other difference is : they do not taste the same, at all (see the end of the article for more about that)

Now, we finally arrive at the explanation of the title of this article : What the f*ck is "Bordeaux" ???...Little suspens here....it's a region of France. It's the region producing the more wine in France to be precise (and it's the region which produces my favorites wines too ;) ). In the region of Bordeaux there are :

  • many red wines
  • quite some sweet white wines
  • a few dry white wines
  • ...oh....yeah....they also produce quite a lot of Rosé (but I don't care about those ;) )

Knowing this you have much more knowledge than you had at the beginning of the article I bet, but nothing very useful yet. So I'll conclude this first article about wines with some useful tips :

  • if you see a sweet white bordeaux you can buy it :) I've almost never found an untasty sweet white bordeaux !!! That's the kind of wine you can drink with ladies at the apéritif and be sure everybody'll enjoy it.
  • if you find a red bordeaux (even if bordeaux are the best at quality/price) just do not buy it if it's way cheaper than 9€ (9€ in France, which should be about...way higher in others countries as the prices of French wines skyrockets when the bottle cross the borders :( ). Unless you know what you are doing you should not drink red bordeaux at the apéritif, and not with ladies (they usually don't like it this way). You should drink red bordeaux with meat, or (even better) cheese (I mean real cheese, not those weird plastic things labeled "cheese" you may find in the US)
  • And finally dry white wines : drink those during the aperitif if the weather's hot, or even better you can drink it while eating seafood whatever the weather is ;)

Monday, September 1 2008

Drinking worlwide : French cliché

GlobeTo know more about the culture of a country I often ask people to tell me about the cliché they have. According to what I've noticed : knowing the cliché that exist in a country really make other people believe your know this country really well and that's normal. Indeed, cliché are never taught in formal courses (for they are mainly wrong and considered useless local belief) therefore knowing them means you've been talking a lot with people actually living there.

So as this blog's about helping you discover pieces of France let's show you one cliché !

Drinking worldwide : French culture cliche

And as some countries might be jealous because they have no special drink they'll have a lil explanation here to compensate :

  • Canada : They're suppose to be "friendly cartoon characters" like...and friendly cartoon character do not drink :) (or maybe maple syrup...)
  • Africa : If they had water they'd be happy...so alcohol...
  • Australia : Kangaroos don't drink, neither do sharks or surfers,
  • South Eurasia/Middle East : Too messy there to know what they should be drinking

Well of course those are only cliché showed in a funny manner, to learn more about what we drink in France i suggest lurking in the blog a bit more and why don't you start by learning which brand of beers we have here ?