France is a country of winemaking, known around the world for quality of its wines, and it’s even a little bit surprising what we have not still mentioned the Wine Museum on the pages of our blog, which, for sure, will be interesting to many tourists coming to Paris.
Great news for collectors and just lovers of French wines – a new Appellation has appeared on the map of France. And this spring, visitors to the Paris cafes and restaurants will be able to taste the drinks whose label will proudly sound «Coteaux Bourguignons».
This is a long tradition to relate the taste and aroma of wine to the place where the grapes were grown and where it was produced. Actually, even within the same wine region such important natural factors as, for example, soil and climate can vary considerably.
It is significant that exactly the French introduced the world the concept of “terroir”, uniting all the conditions having an influence on the quality of grapes and, of course, the wine. Also French gave the majority of other wine terms.
Coteaux Bourguignons will replace in the French wine list of AOC (Appelation d’Origine Contrôlée) Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire. This decision has already been approved by the appropriate organization – the National Institute for origin and quality of goods (Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité).
Organisers of the Paris Wine Festival compare this event with the famous music and film festivals. Really, we doubt that dainty French wines have less connoisseurs than box-office Hollywood hits or elite author’s movies.
Le Grand Tasting will be held in Paris for the sixth time and the city became an ideal capital for the Wine Festival.
The best wines of France samplings with an opportunity to buy your favorite sorts, wine cruises, master classes with well-known sommeliers – this is only a part of the exciting program offered in the recently opened Paris wine cellar “O Château”.
Exactly here – on rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau – you should come for the truth, which the ancient wise men categorically advised to look for in wine.
In ancient times the area of present Burgundy was populated by Celtic tribes, who had been later conquered by the Roman Empire. In the sixth century AD the Germans settled there and founded their own kingdom, which included lands of present Germany, Switzerland, Flanders. As a part of France Burgundy became only in the second half of the fifteenth century.
Champagne. In this French province people are occupied with growing of during more than two thousand years. Landscapes of the province are simply delicious – hills covered with vineyards, small villages with the domes of ancient churches, admiring of those gives the real pleasure.
In Champagne almost every local resident considers himself a winemaker. And surprisingly, it is true, as the art of winemaking is passed down from generation to generation, and women of Champagne are not inferior to the stronger sex in the production of this noble drink. It is enough to give examples of such legendary figures as Veuve Clicquot or Madame Pommery, who had won fame only after the death of their husbands.