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Published on December 8, 2011

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PowerPoint Presentation: FRENCH WINE Facts at a France: : Facts at a France: Full Country Name : The French Republic Population : 58.3 million France is made up of 92% French, 3% North African, 2% German, 1% Breton, 2% other Capital and the largest city: Paris Motto of France is 'Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.' : Motto of France is 'Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.' Vive la France! : Vive la France! Some interesting facts about France : Some interesting facts about France Wine is free with most meals (including lunch) but you have to pay for milk for your coffee. Public toilets usually have no toilet seat, and you have to pay to get in! More tourists visit France each year than any other country in the world, with 67 million annual tourist arrivals (more than the country's population). There are almost as many motorcycles, scooters , and mopeds as cars. PowerPoint Presentation: Beer is considered a luxury drink and saved only for special occasions. Wine is essentially everywhere, often free. It is often hot, cold, rainy, sunny, storming, drizzling, windy, calm, and dry several times in the same day. Makes dressing in the morning the most complicated task of the day. The French people call the English people les rosbifs , meaning - the roast beefs! France produces over 500 types of cheese! Paris – the capital of France: Paris – the capital of France The capital offers many tourist attractions and exquisite places that will ensure your trip is truly a memorable occasion. Including monuments, museums, parks and gardens, squares, bridges, the canals of Paris or trade fairs and conferences, whatever your interests, Paris has a lot to offer. Eiffel Tower : Eiffel Tower Notre Dame de Paris: Notre Dame de Paris Arc de Triomphe : Arc de Triomphe Louvre : Louvre Moulin Rouge : Moulin Rouge French cuisine: French cuisine One of modern France's greatest treasures is its rich cuisine. The French have an ongoing love affair with food, and their reverence for time spent eating is evident in any culinary establishment nationwide. National food: National food You know national French dishes such as Croissants, which often are offered for breakfast in French restaurants Cherry soup Chicken fricassee Chocolate mousse Coq au vin (chicken in red wine sauce) Crepe suzette (pancake with orange in liqueur) Custard sauce (sauce anglaise) Floating island (egg whites and custard sauce) Frog legs Gratin dauphinois (potatoes melt with cheese) Lamb navarin (lamb stew) Lobster Thermidor Mediterranean salad (salade nicoise) Mussels marinieres (mussels in wine sauce) Onion pie (from Alsace) Onion soup Quiche lorraine (bacon and egg pie) Croissants: Croissants Frog’s legs: Frog’s legs French cheese: French cheese PowerPoint Presentation: Types of cheeses The French have a lot to choose. Beaufort Bleu d’Auvergne Brie Camembert Cantal Chèvre Comté Crémeux Emmental Feta PowerPoint Presentation: Fromage à tartiner Gouda Gruyère Mozzarella Munster Neufchatel Parmesan Raclette Reblochon Roquefort Tome Fashion for passion: Fashion for passion Paris fashion is world famous. With the likes of Christian Dior, Coco Chanel , Pierre Cardin, Chanel, Christian Lacroix , Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier - French fashion firms set the trend. The world greatest jewellers are all there. Since the 16th century, France has been the epicenter of high fashion. From the elegant designs of the old royal court to the stylish trends made by contemporary French Fashion Designers. Lacoste 2008/9 autumn/winter: Lacoste 2008/9 autumn/winter Lacoste 2008/9 autumn/winter: Lacoste 2008/9 autumn/winter De’Type 2008/9 autumn/winter: De’Type 2008/9 autumn/winter Stephanie Seymour by Greg Kadel october 2008 : Stephanie Seymour by Greg Kadel october 2008 Tiffany & Co.: Tiffany & Co. Vogue Paris august 2008 : Vogue Paris august 2008 Vogue Paris November 2008 : Vogue Paris November 2008 Vogue Paris august 2008 : Vogue Paris august 2008 Photographer: Laspata DeCaro : Photographer: Laspata DeCaro Longchamp: Longchamp Tiffany & Co.: Tiffany & Co. Photographer: Laspata DeCaro : Photographer: Laspata DeCaro French wine: French wine PowerPoint Presentation: France produces the one fourth of the total wine production in the world & has an area of 3,00,000 acres for wine production. Ten billion bottles are produced every year. France exports about 400 million bottles every year. PowerPoint Presentation: France was the 1 st country to set up a system for controlling wines quality of its wine. In 1935 an Institute National Des Appellation D’ Origine (INAO) was established . Basically French wines are classified in to 4 categories. Appellation D’origin Controlee ( AOC Or AC) These are excellent wines from approved area. Grape varieties & proportions, pruning & cultivation method, maximum yield per hector, vinification & maximum alcohol content are specified. Vin Delimite De Qualite Superieur ( VDQS) These are very good wines just below AOC or AC standard. Area of production, grape varieties, minimum alcohol content, cultivation (viticulture) & wine making (vinification) methods are specified. Vin De Pays ( VDP ) ( Country Wines) This is the lowest official category recognized as per the geographical area. These are the wines of medium quality & price from certain grapes grown within a definite area. The area must be printed on the label. Minimum alcohol content must be specified. Vin De Table (VDT) These are also known as Vins Ordinares or Vine De Consummation Courante. These are ordinary table wines in the cheapest price range. It is meant for everyday use & does not improve with ageing. PowerPoint Presentation: Wine regions of France There are 35 district in France out of which only 6 are major wine producing district • Alsace • Bordeaux • Burgundy • Champagne • Côtes du Rhône • Languedoc-Roussillon • Loire Valley • Provence • Corsica • South West  Alsace : Alsace Geography Alsace is a lovely region with green hills and medieval villages. The Alsace wine road is one of the most beautiful wine sceneries in the world! More than 90% of the wines in Alsace are white. They are all of them excellent refreshing white wines. Location North East of France, between the Vosges and the Rhine river Size 190km long and 50km wide Alsace is the smallest region in France Weather Semi-continental with hot summers and cold winters with frequent snowfall Population 1,750,000 Main Cities Strasbourg (450,000) Mulhouse (230,000) Colmar (86,800) PowerPoint Presentation: Size of the vineyards: 15,000 hectares Vineyards: 6,000 wine growers in Alsace Soil: Very diverse, from sand and granite to clay and marl Volcanic soil on Rangen and Kastelberg grands crus Weather: Semi-continental with hot summers and cold winters with frequent snowfall Grapes in Alsace: Riesling (23% of Alsace wines) Pinot Blanc (20 %) Gewurztraminer (18%) Tokay Pinot Gris (13 %) Sylvaner (12 %) Production: 165 million bottles +90% of Alsace wines are white Alsace makes about 20% of the total white wine production in France Type of Wine: Riesling,Pinot Blanc : Gewurztraminer , Tokay Pinot Gris : Sylvaner : PowerPoint Presentation: Alsace Wine Classification AOC Alsace Grand Cru : followed by the name of the grape variety and by the name of the vineyard where the wine comes from. AOC Alsace : followed usually by the name of the grape variety such as Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling (list of the AOC here) AOC Crémant d'Alsace : a sparkling wine PowerPoint Presentation: Alsace food and wine : Food from Alsace Best match with Alsace's wine: Choucroute: Riesling , Sylvaner Flammekueche: Sylvaner , Pinot Blanc , Riesling Coq-au-Riesling: Riesling Onion tart: Sylvaner , Pinot Blanc Munster: Gewurztraminer PowerPoint Presentation: Wines from Alsace The most important wines in Alsace are: Riesling (23% of Alsace wines) Gewurztraminer (18%) Pinot Blanc (20%) Tokay Pinot Gris (13%) Sylvaner (12%) Crémant d'Alsace (a sparkling wine) Bordeaux: Bordeaux The Bordeaux region is the most important wine producing region in France and in the world. Bordeaux has about 7,000 chateaux ! Bordeaux wine information Bordeaux wines : 21 wines in the French Wine Guide Bordeaux is probably the most well-know wine region in France. Bordeaux counts for one third of the good quality french wine (AOC, crus bourgeois, crus classés ). The wines are so good there that a Bordeaux ranking is needed to classify the best of the best. Some of them are universal: Margaux , Yquem , Pétrus , Cheval Blanc, Haut Brion and all the others. Bordeaux has about 7,000 chateaux ! PowerPoint Presentation: The most basic information on the wine of Bordeaux are : Location: In the south west of France, near the Atlantic coast, around the city of Bordeaux Bordeaux region information Size: 10 725 km2 (size of the Gironde department) Gironde - where Bordeaux is - is the biggest department in France Size of the vineyards: 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) Grapes in Bordeaux: Merlot (50% of Bordeaux wines) Cabernet-Sauvignon (26%) Cabernet-Franc (10%) Sémillon (8%) Sauvignon (4%) Production: 850 million bottles 25% of all AOC in France Bordeaux wine making Type of Wine: Full-body red wine (pomerol) Medium-body red wine (bordeaux aoc) Dry white wine (entre deux mers) Sweet white wine (barsac and sauternes) Bordeaux Wine and food: Oysters Pauillac Lamb Duck with mushrooms Bordeaux wine and food PowerPoint Presentation: Bordeaux wine making Bordeaux wines : 21 wines in the French Wine Guide Bordeaux is one of the most important wine producing regions in the world. One third of the good quality wine in France is coming from Bordeaux. Wine production in Bordeaux : Bordeaux is 57 appellations, about 7,000 wine-producing châteaux, and 13,000 wine growers. The large diversity of Bordeaux suggests an equal diversity of soil. Wine Grapes in Bordeaux : Most of the grapes grown in the Bordeaux region for red wine are Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which give vigour, tannin and good keeping qualities, and Merlot which brings softness and suppleness. Merlot is the most planted grape in Bordeaux, covering 50% of the wine region (see chart below). White wines are elaborated mostly from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon , and sometimes also with Muscadelle . PowerPoint Presentation: Bordeaux wine making information : Size of the vineyards: 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) Vineyards: 13,000 wine growers (7,000 chateaux) Soil: Gravels coming from the Pyrénées mountains Clayey-limestone and clay, sand, limestone Weather: Oceanic and temperate with short, mild winters, quite hot summers, long autumns and a high degree of humidity generated by the Atlantic Ocean Red Grapes in Bordeaux: Merlot (50% of Bordeaux vineyards) Cabernet Sauvignon (26%) Cabernet Franc (10% ) Other red grapes in Bordeaux, very occasionally: Petit Verdot - Malbec - Carmenère White Grapes in Bordeaux: Sémillon (8% of Bordeaux wines) Sauvignon (4%) Other white grapes in Bordeaux, very occasionally: Muscadelle - Ugni blanc - Colombard - Folle blanche Production: 7 million hl or 850 million bottles red: 87% dry white: 11% sweet white: 2% Bordeaux is 14% of French wine production, 27% of quality wine Type of Wine: Bordeaux AOC red Entre- Deux - Mers dry white Saint Emilion Margaux Sauternes sweet white Other wines of Bordeaux: see list of appellations below PowerPoint Presentation: Appellations in Bordeaux Bordeaux grands crus classés Premiers grands crus classés (1st) - Deuxièmes grands crus classés (2nd) - Troisièmes grands crus classés (3rd) - Quatrièmes grands crus classés (4th) - Cinquièmes grands crus classés (5th) Crus bourgeois (new law as of June 2003) Crus artisans (new law as of January 2006) Saint Emilion Graves The diversity of wine quality in the Médoc made it necessary to create a specific classification as follows: "crus paysans ", "crus artisans", "crus bourgeois ordinaires ", "crus bon bourgeois", "crus bourgeois supérieur " and " grands crus". They were then classified in five categories only. At the Universal Exhibition of 1855 in Paris, the " Chambre Syndicale de Courtiers of Bordeaux" (Professional chamber of wine merchants in Bordeaux) distinguished 61 high quality wines. It is the consecration of a long established habit. The selling and purchasing has been based on this classification. PowerPoint Presentation: Bordeaux wine and food Red Bordeaux is excellent with beef, lamb, grilled veal, game such as pheasant, poultry such as grilled turkey. Recommended cheeses : Camembert , Brie and Roquefort (with Cheese-France, French Cheese Guide ) Dry whites are perfect in an aperitif and go very well with sea-food and chicken. Sweet wines are generally served with a desert. Connoisseurs appreciate the Sauternes as an aperitif or with foie gras . PowerPoint Presentation: Bordeaux wines The most visited Bordeaux wines are: 1: Saint Emilion 2: Médoc 3: Margaux The Bordeaux wine guide gives you the essential information you need (location, soil, grapes, production, type of wines, age, best food and cheese, classification, etc ). Please select a wine from Bordeaux : Médoc wine region : Médoc - Haut Médoc - Margaux - Saint Estèphe - Pauillac - Saint Julien - Listrac - Moulis Graves wine region : Graves - Pessac Léognan - Sauternes - Barsac - Premières Côtes de Bordeaux Rivers wine region : Bordeaux aoc /Bordeaux supérieur - Entre deux mers Côtes wine region : Saint Emilion - Côtes de Castillon - Côtes de Francs - Pomerol - Fronsac - Côtes de Bourg Burgundy / Bourgogne : Burgundy / Bourgogne Burgundy wine information A few of the most exciting wines in the world come from Burgundy . The Burgundy region begins a hundred kilometers south from Paris and spreads itself down to Lyon. It stretches on 360 kilometers (225 miles). Burgundy is a region with various soils, divided in numerous districts: Chablis, Côte d'Or (divided in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune ), Côte Chalonnaise , Mâconnais and Beaujolais . Burgundy wines are of a velvety and subtle red or of a sensual and characteristic white. PowerPoint Presentation: The most basic information on the wine of Burgundy are : Location: South of Paris, between Dijon and Lyon, the Burgundy wine region stretches on 360 Kilometers (225 miles) Bourgogne region information Size: 31 500 km2 (size of the Burgundy region) Size of the vineyards: 25,000 hectares (60,000 acres) 99 wine appellations ! Grapes in Burgundy: Red wine: Pinot Noir White wine: Chardonnay Production: 180 million bottles Burgundy wine making Type of Wine: Full-body red wine (Pommard, Corton) Medium-body red wine (Beaune) Dry white wine (Chablis, Chassagne Montrachet) Burgundy Wine and food: Red: Game Red Meat White: Grilled fish Oysters Burgundy wine and food PowerPoint Presentation: Burgundy / Bourgogne wine region A few of the most exciting wines in the world come from this region. Geography of Burgundy : Burgundy (Bourgogne) begins a hundred kilometers south from Paris and spreads itself down to Lyon. It stretches on 360 kilometers (225 miles). Burgundy is a region with various soils, divided in numerous districts: Chablis , Côte d'Or (divided in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune ), Côte Chalonnaise , Mâconnais and Beaujolais . PowerPoint Presentation: Bourgogne Region Information : Location: South of Paris, between Dijon and Lyon, the Burgundy wine region stretches on 360 kilometers (225 miles) Size: 31 500 km2 (size of the Burgundy region) Weather: Continental with cold winter and warm summer Population: 1,600,000 (population of Burgundy region) Main Cities: Dijon (150,000) Chalon sur Saône (50,000) Auxerre (37,000) Macon (34,000) Beaune (21,000) Places of Interest: Hospices de Beaune (Hotel- Dieu ) Burgundy Wine Road Dijon (roof tiles) Abbeys: Vézelay , Cluny, Fontenay PowerPoint Presentation: Burgundy wine making Burgundy wines are of a velvety and subtle red or of a sensual and characteristic white. The region produces two of the most popular wines in France: Beaujolais and Chablis . Burgundy is a region with various soils, divided in numerous districts: Chablis, Côte d'Or (divided in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune ), Côte Chalonnaise , Mâconnais and Beaujolais. The main grapes in Burgundy are Pinot Noir for red wine and Chardonnay for white wine. PowerPoint Presentation: Burgundy wine making information : Size of the vineyards: 25,000 hectares (60,000 acres) 99 wine appellations ! Vineyards: 5,200 wine growers 85% of the vineyards are smaller than 10 hectares (25 acres) Soil: Limestone Clayey-limestone and marl Weather: Continental with cold winter and warm summer Red Grapes in Burgundy: Pinot Noir White Grapes in Burgundy: Chardonnay Production: 180 million bottles 65% dry white wine - 35% red wine 3% of French wine production - 6% of quality French wine production Type of Wine: Full-body red wine Medium-body red wine Dry white wine PowerPoint Presentation: Appellations in Burgundy In 1415 an edict of King Charles VI stated that "Wines which are called Bourgogne are wines produced above the "Pont de Sens " (Bridge of Sens , a city just north of Chablis). He divided wine into two categories : High-Bourgogne and Low-Bourgogne. Nowadays, the laws of August 1st, 1905 and May 6th, 1919 rule the appellations in Burgundy. Territories composed of small crops called " climats " compose the appellations. That way we get the appellations Beaune , Chablis , Nuits , Meursault , Pouilly-Fuissé ... Every where in Burgundy the varieties used are strictly ruled. Premier Cru About 600 vineyards merit the appellation "Premier Cru". They have been officially designed from the old habits which accepted them as best wines. The name of the village, followed by the name of the vineyard, in the same lettering, appears on the label of a "Premier Cru". Grand Cru Only 33 vineyards have the privilege of being agreed as "Grand Cru". They used to be called "Tête de Cuvée ". They are the best among the best: Chambertin , Clos Vougeot , Corton , Corton -Charlemagne, Montrachet , Musigny , La Tache ... Only the name of the vineyard figures on the label of Bourgogne "Grand Cru". List of 33 Grands Crus here! PowerPoint Presentation: Wines of Burgundy The best known wine terroirs in Burgundy are : Chablis Côte de Nuits : Côte de Nuits - Gevrey Chambertin - Clos Vougeot - Vosne Romanée - Nuits Saint Georges Côte de Beaune : Côte de Beaune - Corton - Pommard - Volnay - Meursault - Chassagne Montrachet Côte Châlonnaise and Mâcon : Givry - Pouilly Fuissé - Rully - Macon - Mercurey All Burgundy region : Bourgogne aoc - Bourgogne Aligoté PowerPoint Presentation: Burgundy wine and food Burgundy red wines (of the pinot noir grape variety) are excellent with beef, game such as pheasant and boar, roast of pork and delicate cheeses. More about wines of Burgundy White wines go very well with snails (Burgundy snails!), shrimps and goat cheese. More about wines of Burgundy Served fresh, Beaujolais is the good companion of beef, lamb, grilled chicken, cheese and, why not, fish. Beaujolais, the red wine drunk as white. More about wines of Beaujolais Champagne  Champagne is the most famous sparkling wine in the world and also one of the best wines. : Champagne Champagne is the most famous sparkling wine in the world and also one of the best wines. Champagne information Champagne is one of the most well known wines in the world. Champagne is definitely a festive wine. The champagne region spreads in the North East of France, around the cities of Reims and Epernay. There are basically 3 different areas in the Champagne wine region : - Montagne de Reims - Côte des Blancs - Marne Valley PowerPoint Presentation: The most basic information on the wine of Champagne are : Location: East of Paris, and West of Alsace Champagne region information Size: 25,000 km2 (size of the Champagne Ardennes region) Size of the vineyards: 35,000 hectares (85,000 acres) Grapes in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir Production: 250 million bottles Champagne wine making Type of Wine: Sparkling wine Champagne and food: Oysters, Caviar, Foie gras , Smoked Salmon Champagne and food PowerPoint Presentation: Champagne region Geography of Champagne : Champagne region is located East of Paris, along the Marne, Vesle and Aisne rivers. The wine region starts 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Paris, around the city of Meaux and stretches along the Marne river to the city of Epernay. Champagne spreads on 3 districts: Marne, Aube and Aisne. The heartland of the Champagne region is Marne which can be separated into 3 areas: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Cote des Blancs . Weather is quite special in Champagne. Winter is cool, summer and fall are sunny. The average temperature in the region is around 11 to 12 C (52 to 53.5 F). Champagne is the most up north wine region in France. Sparkling wine usually come from areas where grapes don't have enough sun to ripe according to other wine standards. The soil is chalky which is what is needed for Champagne wine. PowerPoint Presentation: Champagne Region Information : Location: East of Paris, along the Marne river Size: 25,000 km2 (size of the Champagne Ardennes region) Weather: Continental, cool winter, sunny summer and fall Population: 1.2 million (population of Champagne region) Main Cities: Reims (185,000) Troyes (60,000) Chalons en Champagne (50,000) Epernay (25,000) Places of Interest: Reims cathedral Cellars (originally chalk mines) Champagne Wine Road Troyes (ancient houses) PowerPoint Presentation: Champagne wine making Champagne wine, as we know it today, was created by a monk called Dom Perignon during the 17th century. He managed to understand the typical fermentation, mix the grape varieties, invent the cork and add sugar which dissolve the carbonic gas in the wine. Summer and fall are quite sunny. The grapes in Champagne benefit from a lot of light. The soil made of chalk reflects the sunlight into the the grapes. The chalky soil is ideal for Champagne wine. It absorbs water during winter and gives it back to the vine's roots during summer. The other way around, it absorbs heat during summer to give it back during winter. The soil of Champagne is very famous for the cellars winemakers have built. They are about 200 kilometers of cellars dig in the chalk soil. They use these cellars to store the bottles at the perfect temperature and humidity level. Winemakers use 3 types of grape to produce Champagne. Chardonnay is a white grape. Chardonnay is the typical grape used in great Burgundy white wines. Pinot Noir is a red grape traditionally used in Burgundy to make their famous red wines. Pinot Meunier is a red grape mostly used in Champagne. Pinot Meunier gives a less delicate wine and is mostly used to make second grade Champagne. - Chardonnay provides freshness and elegance - Pinot Meunier brings fruitiness and aromas - Pinot Noir gives body and structure The three main areas in Champagne are : - Montagne de Reims : south of Reims city, where the best Pinot Noir grow - Cote des Blancs : south of Epernay city, where the best Chardonnay grow - Vallée de la Marne : west of Epernay city, where the best Pinot Meunier grow It is one of the main reason why winemakers blend grapes from these 3 different terroirs to come up with the best grape juices. More : Champagne wine making process Other types of Champagne: Blanc de blancs , Blanc de noir and rosé Champagne Some winemakers keep the tradition of making traditional wines in Champagne . PowerPoint Presentation: Champagne wine making information : Size of the vineyards: 35,000 hectares (85,000 acres) Vineyards: 15,000 wine growers, 300 wineries Soil: Chalk Weather: Continental, cool winter, sunny summer and fall Grapes in Champagne: Chardonnay (26%), Pinot Meunier (36%), Pinot Noir (38%) Production: 250 million bottles Type of Wine: Sparkling wine PowerPoint Presentation: Champagne history The first wine was made in Champagne about 2,000 years ago. Champagne was already famous in the middle-age. But it was not the same wine we use to drink these days. At that time, wine was red or white not sparkling, quite similar to wine from Burgundy. People used barrels to ship their wines. They noticed that the next Spring season following the harvest, the wine tended to foam. It was not good for business. The first Champagne was made in the 17th century. A monk called Dom Perignon was the first to understand the process of Champagne fermentation and to elaborate the process. He managed to mix red and white grapes from different villages and therefore perfected the way winemakers at that time used to produce sparkling wine. Nowadays, Champagne is a festive wine. But a few traditional wines from Champagne are still available. Champagne wine making - Champagne process - Other types of Champagne PowerPoint Presentation: Champagne making process How Champagne is made ? 1: alcoholic fermentation Conversion of natural sugar into alcohol, the grape juice turns into still wine. 2: assembling the wine Liquid from different harvests, from different areas are blend together. 3: bottling The Champagne is put in bottle with yeast and sugar. 4: malolactic fermentation he yeasts turn sugar into alcohol and CO2. The carbon dioxide (CO2) cannot escape from the bottle and is dissolved in the Champagne, forming the bubbles. 5: maturation Champagne bottles are stored horizontally in natural cool and dark chalk cellar for 1 to 3 years. 6: dégorgement During maturation, the winemaker rotates the bottles every day to remove the lees. PowerPoint Presentation: Other types of Champagne Blanc stands for white Noir stands for black Rosé stands for pink Blanc de Blancs : This Champagne is made only with Chardonnay (white grape). There are only a few bottles made and there are quite expensive. The wine is more delicate than regular Champagne . It is the best aperitif wine available in France. Blanc de Noirs : This Champagne is made with black grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier . Most of the time, there is only Pinot Noir. Very few bottles are available, even less than Blanc de blancs . Champagne Rosé : Pink Champagne is made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Winemakers add a little bit of red wine during blending. Red wine is usually coming from Bouzy , a typical Pinot Noir still wine from Champagne. Do not confuse Pink Champagne with Rosé des Riceys which is a true rosé wine. PowerPoint Presentation: Wines in Champagne Wine in Champagne region was famous even before the first Champagne as we know it today was made. Nowadays, beside Champagne, winemakers still produce a few traditional wines. Rosé des Riceys is a rosé and was one of the favorite wine of King Louis the XIV. It is one of the best rosés in the country. Winemakers use Pinot Noir. Rosé des Riceys should be drunk young. Wine from Coteaux Champenois are usually red but there are some white and a few rosés. The most famous is the red wine from Bouzy . There, winemakers use traditional ways to work the vines and produce their wines. There are the only one in France to work the same way that people did 5 or 10 centuries ago. Red wines are Pinot Noir and should be drunk young. Typical aromas are raspberry, black currant and vanilla. PowerPoint Presentation: Champagne and food Champagne is usually served alone as festive wine. Therefore nothing distract the taster from exploring the aromas of the wine. However Champagne is a perfect match with many meals and dishes such as: - Foie gras - Smoked salmon - Lobster in white sauce - Oysters - Caviar Food from Champagne : - Agneau à la champenoise (stuffed shoulder of lamb with tomatoes) - Pork chops grilled - game: wild boar, guinea fowl, pheasant - fish: eel, trout - pork: ham, salami, andouillete , boudin blanc (white pudding) with Cuisine-France, French cooking and recipes PowerPoint Presentation: About Champagne : A Champagne bottle should mature in a cellar for one to two years. Vintage bottles - the ones wearing a vintage year on their label - can mature longer. Champagne winemakers use to mature them from 3 to 8 years. It is not recommended to leave in a refrigerator for more than 3 days a bottle already opened, even with a teaspoon inside. The best vintage years are 1990, 1989, 1985 and specially 1982. There are several different kinds of Champagne according to your taste: - Doux (means sweet), 4% and more of sugar - Demi-sec (fairly sweet), 2.5 to 5% of sugar - Sec (sweet/dry), 1.75 to 2.5% of sugar - Extra sec (medium dry), 1.5 to 2% of sugar - Brut (dry), 0.5 to 1.5% of sugar, the most common Champagne these days - Extra brut (very dry), 0 to 0.5% of sugar PowerPoint Presentation: Tasting Champagne : Champagne is traditionally served in a typical glass called flute or in a tulip: a long stem with a tall glass. This kind of glass prevents the aromas to unfold. The height of the glass is necessary for the bubbles to rise to the surface and keep a constant temperature. It is not recommended to pour Champagne to the top of the glasses but only up to 2/3 of the glass. Champagne is always served cold and chilled. But not too cold, otherwise the wine is not able to release its aromas. A non-vintage Champagne should be drunk at 8 °C (46 °F). A vintage Champagne at 10 °C (50 °F). Cotes du Rhone : Cotes du Rhone Cotes du Rhone wine information Rhône wines : 10 wines in the French Wine Guide Côtes du Rhône is probably the most diverse wine region in France. From the very different full-body red wines of Côte Rôtie in the north and Châteauneuf du Pape in the south to the exquisite white wine of Condrieu and Château Grillet and the fruity red wines of Crozes Hermitage and of the southern Rhône region. PowerPoint Presentation: The most basic information on the wine of Rhône are : Location: In the Rhône valley, south of Lyon to the Mediterranean Sea Rhône region information Size: On 6 French departments: Rhône, Loire, Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Vaucluse Size of the vineyards: 70,000 hectares (170,000 acres) Grapes in Rhône: Red: Grenache 55% White: Clairette 35% Production: 450 million bottles 14% of French wine production Rhône wine making Type of Wine: Full body red wine (north) Light to medium body fruity red wine (south) Dry full body white wine (north) Rhône Wine and food: Full body red wine: roasted red meat, game Full body white wine: grilled fish Other red wines: beef steak, grilled white meat, etc Rhône wine and food PowerPoint Presentation: Rhone Valley region information Rhône wines : 10 wines in the French Wine Guide The Côtes du Rhône ( Rhône Valley ) is a long narrow area which stretches on both banks of the Rhône river banks. Côtes du Rhône begins just south of Lyon and finishes 200 kilometres(125 miles) further, just south of Avignon. PowerPoint Presentation: Côtes du Rhône Region Information : Location: In the Rhône valley, south of Lyon to the Mediterranean Sea Size: On 6 French departments: Rhône, Loire, Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Vaucluse Weather: Continental in the north of the Rhône region (cold winter warm summer) Mediterranean in the south (mild winter hot summer) Population: roughly 2,500,000 population of 6 departments including Lyon city Main Cities in Rhone: Lyon (1,300,000 including county) Avignon (90,000) Montélimar (32,000) Orange (30,000) Vienne (30,000) Places of Interest: Avignon (heritage, Pope's palace) Côtes du Rhône wine road (north and south) Vienne (heritage city) Pont du Gard (roman water-bridge) PowerPoint Presentation: Cotes du Rhone wine making Rhône wines : 10 wines in the French Wine Guide Very diverse wines take most advantage of the weather and winemaking conditions of the Rhône valley . The climate in Côtes du Rhône is hot and sunny, more constant than in the other French wine producing regions. The soil is stony, mainly made of granite. The main grapes in Côtes du Rhône are Grenache, Syrah and Carignan for red wine, Clairette , Ugni Blanc and Grenache Blanc for white wine. Côtes du Rhône is also famous for the Viognier white wine made in the northern part of the region ( Condrieu , Château Grillet ) which is one of the most distinctive in France. Over 75% of Côtes du Rhône wines are red. They are generally thick, robust and their alcoholic content higher than that of most French wines. Read more about Côtes du Rhône wines with Amazon.com : - Rhone Valley: The 90 Greatest Wines PowerPoint Presentation: Côtes du Rhône wine making information : Size of the vineyards: 70,000 hectares (170,000 acres) Vineyards: 8 to 10,000 winemakers Soil: Granite in the north of the Rhône region Limestone in the south Weather: Continental in the north of the Rhône region (cold winter warm summer) Mediterranean in the south (mild winter hot summer) Red Grapes in Rhône: Grenache 55% Syrah 15% Carignan 15% Mourvèdre White Grapes in Rhône: Clairette 35% Grenache blanc 20% Ugni blanc 20% Bourboulenc Marsanne Roussanne Viognier Production: 450 million bottles 77% red wine - 8 % rosé - 5 % dry white wine 14% of French wine production Type of Wine: Full body red wine (north) Light to medium body fruity red wine (south) Dry full body white wine (north) PowerPoint Presentation: Wines of the Rhone Valley Wines of Côtes du Rhône can be separated into two geographic areas: North of Côtes du Rhône : Côte Rôtie - Condrieu - Château Grillet - Hermitage - Crozes Hermitage - Cornas South of Côtes du Rhône : Gigondas - Châteauneuf du Pape - Côtes du Ventoux Côtes du Rhône aoc - Côtes du Rhône Villages - Wines from Côtes du Rhône PowerPoint Presentation: Cotes du Rhone wine and food Côtes du Rhône generic wines go well with every day cooking, dishes based on chicken and not to strong cheeses. Full body red wines are perfect with roasted red meat and game. Full body white wines are good companion with grilled fish and even foie gras . Rhône wines : 10 wines in the French Wine Guide Food of Côtes du Rhône : Lyon is a favorite place for gourmets. One should try when visiting the city the famous " bouchons lyonnais ": local restaurants with typical food. You will get delicious meals from the Rhône region such as: - Sausages (rosette, andouillette , cervelas , etc ) - Gratinée Lyonnais (onion soup) - Pot au feu (beef & vegetables in soup) - Chou farci (stuffed cabbage) Cheeses of Côtes du Rhône : - Fourme d'Ambert - Saint Marcellin with Cheese-France, the French Cheese Guide PowerPoint Presentation: History of Cotes du Rhone Côtes du Rhône was with Provence the first region to produce wine in France. It seems that the first vine was planted by vine growers coming form Marseille. Because of the Rhône river, it was easy to send the bottles of wine to an harbor on the Mediterranean sea (Marseille). The vineyards was then developed by the Romans. The oldest vineyards are Côte Rôtie and Hermitage . The Rhône region has many Roman monuments to visit such as in Vienne city. In the middle age, monasteries began to manage vineyards such as Châteauneuf which was rename Châteauneuf du Pape when the Popes used to spent their holidays there ! A clear sign of recognition for the region. Languedoc Roussillon Languedoc-Roussillon is the most productive wine region in the world : Languedoc Roussillon Languedoc-Roussillon is the most productive wine region in the world Languedoc Roussillon wine information Languedoc-Roussillon covers the area on the border of the Mediterranean sea between the west of the Rhône and Camargue to the border of Spain and the Pyrénées mountains. The vineyards of this sunny region are one of the largest expanses of vine growing region in the world. Long history of wine making and favorable natural and climatic conditions explain why wine is so important in Languedoc Roussillon. Dramatic have been made other the years to reduce the production and to improve the quality of the wine. Languedoc-Roussillon region produces mainly red wines, a good share is "Vin de Table" but most of it is "Vin de Pays". They are perfect as every day wines. AOC wines are very interesting to follow as the techniques, grape varieties and vineyards selected tend to improve the quality of the wine. PowerPoint Presentation: The most basic information on the wines of Languedoc Roussillon are : Location: On the border of the Mediterranean sea, from the Rhône river to the Pyrénées mountains and Spain Languedoc Roussillon region information Size: 27,400 km2 (size of the Languedoc Roussillon region) Covering 5 departments: Aude, Gard, Hérault, Pyrénées Orientales and Lozère (the latest is more a cheese area) Size of the vineyards: 160,000 hectares (400,000 acres) Grapes in Languedoc Roussillon: Carignan Grenache Mourvèdre Cinsault Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Production: over 2 billion bottles ! Languedoc Roussillon wine making Type of Wine: Full-body red wine ( Corbières , Saint Chinian ) Medium-body red wine ( Costières ) Light and dry rosé (Languedoc, Roussillon) Dry white wine ( Costières , Languedoc, Minervois ) Sweet red wine ( Banyuls , Carthagène , Maury ) Sweet white wine (Muscat) Sparkling white wine (Limoux) Languedoc Roussillon Wine and food: Red: Grilled red meat Paté , sausages and salami Roasted turkey Rosé: Salad Onion tart Omelet Languedoc Roussillon wine and food PowerPoint Presentation: Languedoc Roussillon region information Languedoc-Roussillon region is along the Mediterranean sea shores, between the Rhône delta and Spain. Wine has always been very important in the economy of the region. However tourism has become the most important income source. Languedoc Roussillon is now a destination that attract many tourists. The region has some of the finest beaches in France. The countryside is gorgeous and less overcrowded than in Provence. The region has many historic places of interest, strong traditional culture and authentic food , a vibrant city as Montpellier and a lot of sun to offer! Languedoc Roussillon is a very good alternative to the French riviera , Provence and Périgord altogether ! PowerPoint Presentation: Languedoc Roussillon Region Information : Location: On the border of the Mediterranean sea, from the Rhône river to the Pyrénées mountains and Spain Size: 27,400 km2 (size of the Languedoc Roussillon region) Covering 5 departments: Aude, Gard, Hérault, Pyrénées Orientales and Lozère (the latest is more a cheese area) Weather: Mediterranean (mild winter and hot summer) Population: 2,400,000 (population of Languedoc Roussillon) Main Cities: Montpellier (250,000) Nimes (140,000) Perpignan (115,000) Béziers (75,000) Places of Interest: Beach (180 km of beaches) Carcassonne (middle age city) Montpellier (shopping, Antigone, old pedestrian city) Aigues Mortes (small medieval city by the sea) Collioure (typical port, art centre) Cerdagne ( Pyrénées mountains, yellow train) PowerPoint Presentation: Languedoc Roussillon wine making Languedoc-Roussillon is the largest vine growing area in the world. From the Rhône to Spain, the wine region is several times bigger than the Australian wine region or Bordeaux. The main grapes used in Languedoc Roussillon are: - Red: Carignan , Cinsault , Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre . Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have replaced other mediocre grape varieties such as Aramon and Alicante. - White: Macabeu , Clairette , Roussanne , Marsanne , Ugni blanc , Bourboulenc . Viognier and Chardonnay have been introduced with success in Languedoc Roussillon. Chardonnay is now the most widely used grape in the region. - Sweet white wine: Muscat blanc , Muscat romain or d'Alexandrie and Grenache At the beginning of the 70s, it became clear that the region was not ready for the changing wine market. The quantity exceeded the demand. The quality was mediocre. The price too expensive compare to Italian, Spain and now new wine countries. Languedoc Roussillon wine makers had to change or their wine region would die. They began to use new techniques such as aging the wine in oak barrel. They replaced poor quality grape varieties with noble grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Chardonnay and Viognier . They selected the best vineyards and decided to go for quality. Today, Languedoc Roussillon is one of the most successful wine regions in France. PowerPoint Presentation: Languedoc Roussillon wine making information : Size of the vineyards: 160,000 hectares (400,000 acres) including 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) in AOC Vineyards: 50,000 vine growers working with 400 co-ops (70% of the regional production) 2,800 private wineries Soil: Mainly limestone, sandstone, pebbles, granite can also be found Weather: Mediterranean (mild winter and hot summer) Red Grapes in Languedoc Roussillon: Carignan Grenache Syrah Cinsault Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Mourvèdre White Grapes in Languedoc Roussillon: Clairette Roussane Marsanne Ugni Blanc Bourboulenc Viognier Chardonnay Production: over 2 billion bottles ! less than 25% in AOC, 50% vin de pays, over 25% vin de table Type of Wine: Dry and fruity rosé wine also dry white wine - red wine - sweet wine PowerPoint Presentation: Wines in Languedoc Roussillon Languedoc-Roussillon region produces mainly red wines, a good share is "Vin de Table" but most of it is "Vin de Pays". They are perfect as every day wines. For the last few years significant efforts have been made to improve the quality of the wine. Today, Languedoc Roussillon has a lot to offer to any wine lovers in the world. Find detailled information about 5 appellations in Languedoc Roussillon: Corbières Coteaux du Languedoc Côtes du Roussillon Fitou Minervois Saint Chinian Costières de Nimes Wines in Languedoc Roussillon Languedoc Roussillon: Languedoc Roussillon Today selected Herault wines have taken place among renown Crus: Saint-Georges-d'Orques , Pic Saint-Loup, Saint- Chinian , Faugères , Montpeyroux ... The Herault plain also produces famous Muscats , with aromatic flavour, such as Frontignan or Mireval . In the Aude the best liked wines are Minervois and Corbières . The Eastern Pyrenees produces natural sweet Roussillon wines, Banyuls PowerPoint Presentation: Languedoc Roussillon wine and food Recommended combination of Languedoc Rousssillon wine and food : Red wine : - Grilled red meat - Paté , sausages and salami - Roasted turkey - Feathered game Rosé : - Salad - Onion tart - Omelet - as an aperitif White wine : - Local sea food products Food from Languedoc Roussillon : Cooking traditions in Languedoc Roussillon have roots in the same primary products as those in Provence. The main ingredients in Languedoc Roussillon cuisine are olive oil and tomatoes, garlic, onions and aromatic herbs are also used. The only difference may be that cooks use a little bit less garlic than in Provence. Sea food products are an essential part of the Languedoc Roussillon cuisine. The main important specialties are: - Oysters (from Bouzigues ) - Gardiane (bull stew with rice) - Bourride (fish with aïoli ) - Morue Catalane (cod with tomatoes and pepper) - Anchoïade (anchovies with garlic and olive oil) - Crème Catalane (cream with lemon, vanilla and fennel seed) with Cuisine-France, French cooking and recipes Cheese in Languedoc Roussillon : The following cheeses are made in Languedoc Roussillon. Note that Roquefort is coming from a remoted place called Larzac in the south west side of Languedoc. - Pélardon - Roquefort - Bleu des Causses - Goat cheese with Cheese-France, the French Cheese Guide Loire Valley The Loire Valley is one of the most beautiful French wine regions : Loire Valley The Loire Valley is one of the most beautiful French wine regions Loire Valley wine information The Loire Valley is famous for its white wines. None of them use Chardonnay as a main grape variety. Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon are widely used. About 75% of the production is made of white wine. Although Loire is a land of white wine, some red wines are very interesting. They are fruity and pleasant. The Loire Valley is probably the most beautiful wine region in France and in the world. PowerPoint Presentation: The most basic information on the wines of Loire are : Location: From the Massif Central to the Atlantic coast around Nantes. The Loire wine region follows the Loire river in its valley Loire region information Size: n/a Size of the vineyards: 30,000 hectares Grapes in Loire: Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Production: 400 million bottles Loire wine making Type of Wine: Dry white wine Sweet white wine Semi-dry white wine Sparkling white wine Fruity red wine Rosé wine Loire Wine and food: Red: Red meat Paté , sausages and salami White: Shellfish Fish Aperitif Loire wine and food PowerPoint Presentation: Loire Valley region information Geography of the Loire Valley: The Valley of the Loire , in the Centre West of France, is often considered as the most beautiful French wine region. The region is wide and follow the river, starting in the Auvergne and Massif Central and finishing in the Atlantic coast around Nantes city. The Loire river is wide and deep. The landscape is quiet and undulated. It is probably more accurate to say that the Loire Valley is made of several different regions which have one thing in common: the river. PowerPoint Presentation: Loire Region Information : Location: From the Massif Central mountains to the Atlantic coast and Nantes cities. The Loire wine region follows the Loire river in its valley and the rivers flowing into (Cher, Loir, Layon, etc) Size: n/a Weather: Atlantic weather in the West (mild winter and summer) Continental in the East (cold winter, warm summer) Population: n/a Main Cities: Nantes Tours Angers Bourges Places of Interest: Châteaux de la Loire (Chambord, Azay le Rideau, Amboise, etc ) Loire Valley wine road (the most beautiful in France !) Angers (heritage city) Atlantic Coast (salt production) PowerPoint Presentation: Wine making in the Loire Valley The winesof the Loire Valley reflect the mood of the landscape. They are soft, pleasant, charming and light. About three quart of the production are white wines. The main grapes are Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon for white wine and Cabernet Franc for red wine. PowerPoint Presentation: Loire wine making information : Size of the vineyards: 30,000 hectares Vineyards: n/a Soil: Various: Clayey-limestone, limestone, siliceous and chalky soils Weather: Continental in the East of the Loire Valley Oceanic in the West of the Valley White Grapes in Loire Valley: Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Melon Red Grapes in Loire Valley: Cabernet Franc Gamay Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Production: over 400 million bottles Type of Wine: Dry white wine Sweet white wine Semi-dry white wine Sparkling white wine Fruity red wine Rosé wine PowerPoint Presentation: Loire Valley wines The best known wines in the Loire Valley are : West side of the Loire Valley (around Nantes) : Muscadet Anjou Saumur : Anjou - Coteaux du Layon - Saumur Touraine : Touraine - Bourgueil - Chinon - Vouvray East side of the Loire Valley : Pouilly Fumé - Sancerre PowerPoint Presentation: Loire Valley wine and food Wines of Loire and food : Loire wines go very well with any dish based on pork, from paté to roast, ham and chicken, from fish to sea-food, from eel to trout. They are just palatable with all the summer cooking. Muscadet is excellent with oysters, the Sancerre with goat-cheese. Food in Loire : - Shellfish - Rillettes (kind of paté ) - Moules Marinières (mussels in white wine sauce) Cheeses of the Loire Valley : - Chabichou du Poitou - Crottin de Chavignol - Valencay with Cheese-France, the French Cheese Guide Provence: Provence Wines in Provence Specific information about 3 appellations in Provence : - Côtes de Provence - Bandol - Bellet PowerPoint Presentation: Provence region information Geography of Provence : Provence wines are produced on the border of the Mediterranean sea, from La Ciotat to Saint Raphael, and from Sanary towards Carnoules and around the Var valley towards Nice. The main cities of the region are on the border of the sea in what is called Côte d'Azur or French riviera : basically between Marseille and Nice. The weather is hot in the summer and very cool in the winter, although winter can be cold when you go further away from the sea. PowerPoint Presentation: Provence Region Information : Location: Covering Côte d'Azur, from Aix en Provence and the Rhône valley to Nice and the Alps mountains Size: 31,400 km2 (size of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region) Covering 5 departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var, Vaucluse Weather: Mediterranean (mild winter and hot summer) Population: 4,500,000 (population of Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur) Main Cities: Marseille (830,000 - including county 1,400,000) Nice (350,000) Toulon (165,000) Aix en Provence (135,000) Cannes (70,000) Places of Interest: Provence (lavender, olive tree and vine) Côte d'Azur (French Riviera: Nice, Cannes, Antibes) Marseille (old port, basilica , nice tiny beaches and ports to find ) National Parks ( Lubéron , Port Cros , Mercantour ) Cassis ( calanques:something between a fjord and a cliff) PowerPoint Presentation: Provence wine making information A large variety of grapes is used in Provence to elaborate wine. Among the red varieties we can count Carigan , Cinsault , Mourv è dre ; among the white varieties Ugni , Clairette and Rolle . Ros é is the great speciality of this region. Its is gorgeous, fruity and with a glistening robe. White wine is rather dry, sometimes sparkling. It goes perfectly with sea food from the nearby Mediterranean. PowerPoint Presentation: Provence wine making information : Size of the vineyards: 27,000 hectares (68,000 acres) Vineyards: about 500 wineries Soil: Mainly siliceous soils or limestone Sand Weather: Mediterranean (mild winter and hot summer) Red Grapes in Provence: Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Cinsault Carignan White Grapes in Provence: Ugni Blanc Rolle Clairette Grenache Blanc Production: 140 million bottles 75% rosé (45% of Rosé french production) Type of Wine: Dry and fruity rosé wine also dry white wine - red wine - sweet wine PowerPoint Presentation: Wine in Provence Provence is known for its fresh and fruity rosé wine. Outside of the generic Côtes de Provence appellation, rosé wines are also excellent in Coteaux d'Aix or in Coteaux Varois . Wine lovers can also discover the typical terroirs of Bandol , Palette, Bellet and Cassis to taste full body red wines and aromatic white wines. Detailled information about wines from Provence : - Côtes de Provence - Bandol - Bellet Buy wine PowerPoint Presentation: Provence wine and food Rosé de Provence is the perfect summer wine. The wine is fresh and fruity. Rosé is a good companion to any meal that has sun in its roots and specially the food coming from the Mediterranean Sea and Provence. We recommend rosé with: - Salad (such as Salade niçoise ) - as an aperitif - with typical food from Provence (Bouillabaisse, Aioli, Ratatouille, etc ) Full body red wines from Provence should match with game and roasted red meat. White wines are perfect with local seafood products. Food from Provence : Provence is one of the few regions the French Wine Guide covers that has more culinary than wine traditions. Provence meals are enticed by the local products, the sun almost all year round and the flavors of the aromatic herbs. Tomatoes, garlic and olive oils are the most important ingredients of almost any meal in provence . The most well know meals are: - Bouillabaisse (Marseille fish soup) Bouillabaisse recipe - Tomatoes Provencale (tomatoes with bread crumbs and garlic) Tomatoes provencale recipe - Pistou soup - Ratatouille (tomatoes, onions, pepper, garlic, eggplant, etc ) - Aioli (light mayonnaise with fresh garlic) with Cuisine-France, French cooking and recipes Cheese in Provence : - Banon - Picodon - Goat cheese with Cheese-France, the French Cheese Guide Corsica: Corsica Corsica island, off the French South coast, is affectionately called " L'île de beauté " (The beautiful island). Of course, the wines produced on the island are generally delicious. Corsica offers subtle rosé and dry white wines. Corsican wines must be drunk young, fresh, as aperitif or to accompany a light meal. The best Corsican wines come from the coast. PowerPoint Presentation: Corsica wine and food Corsican wines must be drunk young, fresh, as aperitif or to accompany a light meal. Red: Lamb, grilled red meat White: Brocciu cheese, sea food products Rosé: Apéritif , salad Food in Corsica : - Sausages, Coppa , Salamu , Prisuttu - Game - Chestnut, honey - Local seafood products Cheese in Corsica : - Brocciu - Fleur du Maquis - Goat cheese - Niolo with Cheese-France, the French Cheese Guide Other pages about Corsica : Wines in Corsica - Corsica wine information - Corse region information - Corsica wine making - Corsica wine and food - Buy Corsican wines - Corsica main page Wines from Corsica : Ajaccio - Patrimonio - Wines from Corsica PowerPoint Presentation: Size of the vineyards: 7,200 hectares (18,000 acres) Vineyards: 500 winemakers Soil: Granite such as in Ajaccio or Clay and Limestone such as in Patrimonio Weather: Warm and oceanic Red Grapes in Corsica: Nieluccio, Sciacarello, Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Cinsault White Grapes in Corsica: Vermentino , Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc Production: 13 million bottles 50% red wine - 36 % rosé - 12 % dry white wine Type of Wine: Full body red wine Light to medium body fruity red wine Light and dry white wine Dry rosé Corsica wine making Corsica offers subtle ros é and dry white wines. Corsican wines must be drunk young, fresh, as aperitif or to accompany a light meal. The best Corsican wines come from the coast. Corsica wine making information : PowerPoint Presentation: Corsica region information Corsica island, off the French South coast, is affectionately called " L'île de beauté " (The beautiful island). PowerPoint Presentation: Location: Island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Nice and north of Sardinia Size: 8,700 km2 Weather: Mediterranean (mild winter hot summer) Population: roughly 270,000 lowest density of population in France Main Cities in Corsica: Ajaccio (55,000) Bastia (40,000) Porto-Vecchio (12,000) Corte (7,000) Calvi (6,000) Places of Interest in Corsica: Sea ( calanques , Scandola , Lavezzi islands, diving) Beach (1,000 km of coast, many tiny beaches) GR20 trail (trekking in mountain paths) Trinichellu (typical train) Food ( Brocciu cheese, Corsican sausages and ham, Pulenta ) Corsica Region Information : PowerPoint Presentation: Corsica wine information Corsica island, off the French South coast, is affectionately called " L'île de beauté " (The beautiful island). Of course, the wines produced on the island are generally delicious. Corsica offers subtle rosé and dry white wines. Corsican wines must be drunk young, fresh, as aperitif or to accompany a light meal. The best Corsican wines come from the coast. PowerPoint Presentation: Location: Island in the Mediterranean Sea Corsica region information Size: 8,700 km2 Size of the vineyards: 7,200 hectares (18,000 acres) Grapes in Cosica: Red: Nieluccio , Sciacarello , etc White: Vermentino , Chardonnay, etc Corsica wine making Production: 13 million bottles Type of Wine: Full body red wine Light to medium body fruity red wine Light and dry white wine Dry rosé Corsican Wine and food: Red wine: Grilled red meat Lamb Rosé: Aperitif Corsica wine and food The most basic information on the wines of Corsica are : PowerPoint Presentation: Wines of Corsica The main wines of Corsica are: Patrimonio Patrimonio is the most well known Corsican wine. Read more about Patrimonio Ajaccio Ajaccio is one of the highest terroir in France. Read more about Ajaccio . Patrimonio is above all others the Corsican "appellation" and winemakers are making constant progress. Nowadays, the fame of the red and white wine spreads out of the island. The Rosés are also very distinctive. Nieluccio , a local variety, is the main grape used in the red wine. Vermentino is the exclusive grape for white wine. Wines from Patrimonio have a lot of personality to share with. South West of France: South West of France Wines from the South-West of France have often been confused with Bordeaux wines. But one must not conclude that those wines are of a lower quality. Virgil and Horatius have praised wines from South West high and sometimes low! PowerPoint Presentation: South West wine information Between the Bordeaux region and the Pyrénées , the South-West is a traditional wine region, probably even oldest than its neighbor . Wines from the South-West have often been confused with Bordeaux wines. But one must not conclude that those wines are of a lower quality. Virgil and Horatius have praised wines from South West high and sometimes low! Nowadays wines from South West are of excellent quality for the value and should be recommended because of their unique personality based on local history and traditions. PowerPoint Presentation: The most basic information on the wine of South West are : Location: From the edge of the Bordeaux region to the Pyrénées mountains South West France region information Size: Midi-Pyrénées is the biggest region in France Size of the vineyards: 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) Grapes in South West: Red: Cabernet, Merlot, Tannat White: Sémillon, Sauvignon, Ugni Blanc Production: 270 million bottles 3% of French wine production South West France wine making Type of Wine: Full body red wine ( Madiran ) Dry aromatic white wine ( Jurançon ) Viscous sweet white wine ( Monbazillac ) South West Wine and food: Red wine: Cassoulet , Roasted duck Dry white wine: River fish, White meat Sweet white wine: Foie gras , Aperitif South West wine and food PowerPoint Presentation: South West of France region information Wedged between the Bordeaux region and the Pyrénées mountains, the South-West of France is exceptionally sunny during the summer. The Midi-Pyrénées region (where wines from South West of France are coming from) is the biggest french region, bigger than Belgium, Switzerland or Holland. From the Pyrénées mountains to the Massif Central on the East and the Atlantic Ocean on the West, Midi-Pyrénées is a very beautiful region of mountains and plateaux, lakes and rivers, as diverse as the wines from South West of France. PowerPoint Presentation: South West of France Region Information : Location: From the edge of the Bordeaux region to the Pyrénées mountains Size: Midi-Pyrénées is the biggest region in France Weather: Oceanic (cool and rainy winter and spring, warm summer, sunny autumn) Population: roughly 2,500,000 population of Midi-Pyrénées region Main Cities: Toulouse (775,000) Tarbes (75,000) Albi (65,000) Places of Interest: Toulouse (the purple city !) Cahors (ancient bridge) Lot Valley & Dordogne Valley (sceneries) Restaurants ( cassoulet and local food) PowerPoint Presentation: South West wines Wines from South West of France are diverse. The most important are : Red wine : Bergerac - Buzet - Cahors - Gaillac - Madiran Dry white wine : Bergerac - Jurançon Sweet white wine : Gaillac - Jurançon - Monbazillac Wines from South West of France Read more about South West wines with Amazon.com : - Wines of South-West France PowerPoint Presentation: South West of France wines The best known terroirs in South West of France are : Cahors Grapes are harvested in the Lot and in the Bergerac, around the town of Cahors . It is a very powerful red wine, often harsh when it is young but remarkable after a few years in bottle. Côtes de Buzet Produced in the Lot et Garonne, the Buzet is a red VDQS wine , fruity, light and supple. Monbazillac Among the best sweet wines, Monbazillac , just like Sauternes and Barsac , must wait for noble-rot before being harvested. Certain years those wines can compare with the models of the type. Monbazillac are very attractive and flow like gold. With age their colour intensifies and they develop their characteristics. Gaillac The sweet Gaillac , drunk soon after the harvest must be distinguished from the Appellation Controlée which is a light white wine. Gaillac also produces sparkling wines and red wine. Nowadays Gaillac vinegrowers do no more need the appellation Bordeaux, the quality of their wine is sufficient in itself. Madiran In the middle of a region which only produces white wine, Madiran is a sanctuary. The vinegrowers produce a red wine dotted of a particular character. It is elaborated from quality grape-varieties such as Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. But the most popular variety is Tannat , a typical grape from the aera . Tonic, Madiran keeps very long. PowerPoint Presentation: South West of France wine and food For most of the people in France, South West means good food! South West of France Wines and food Because the wines are so diverse in South West of France , the food that will match these wines will be diverse as well. Red wines are perfect with local food such as cassoulet or roasted duck. Dry white wines are very good with river fish (such as trout or salmon) or with white meat. Sweet white wines match well with Foie gras or as an aperitif. South West of France wines : 5 wines in the French Wine Guide Food of South West of France : People in South West of France love rich and fat food. That's what has been called the " French Paradox ". The recipes have always been the same for ages and it seems that world food companies have no power over there! - Cassoulet (beans and sausages - English are always amazed to see that one of their breakfast favorites is also a very popular diner meal in France ! Actually Cassoulet is Cassoulet and nothing else) - Ham (from Bayonne) - Poule au Pot (stuffed hen) - Poulet Basquaise (Basque style chicken) Cheeses of South West France : The region is also a natural place for great cheeses such as - Roquefort - Ossau Iraty - Rocamadour with Cheese-France, the French Cheese Guide PowerPoint Presentation: Grape Varieties Cabernetfranc Cabernetsauvignon Carignan Cinsault Gamay Grenache Merlot Mourvedre Pinot noir Syrah Red Grapes Chardonnay Chenin blanc Clairette Muscadelle Pinot gris Sauvignon Semillon Ugni blanc White Grapes Red Grapes: Red Grapes Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Cinsault Gamay Grenache Merlot Mourvedre Pinot Noir Syrah Carignan PowerPoint Presentation: Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc is grown mainly in the Bordeaux region. In Pomerol and Saint- Emilion it is known as " Bouchet ". This grape-variety is also present in the Madiran vines as " Bouchy ". Further north, in the Loire Valley and, particularly in Touraine and in Saumur it sometimes appears as "Breton". Cabernet Franc is a grape-variety which gives small bunches of tiny blackberries. Vine growers appreciate it because it is not demanding and any soil is convenient. Cabernet Franc wine, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon wine, is of a bright and shinny color . It brings strawberry and blackberry aromas. However because it is less perfumed and structured, it is often associated to other vine-varieties. The only terroirs to supply pure Cabernet Franc are the red wines from Loire Valley : Bourgueil , Chinon and Saumur- Champigny red only. Aromas : strawberry, blackberry French wines : Pomerol , Saint Emilion , Bourgueil , Saumur , Madiran , etc PowerPoint Presentation: Cabernet Sauvignon First of all a typically Bordeaux vine-variety, the Cabernet Sauvignon also grows in the Loire Valley , in Languedoc Roussillon , Provence and in the South West . In Bordeaux region, mainly in Graves and in Médoc , where vine growers sometime calls it "Petit Cabernet", Cabernet represents over half the planted grape-varieties. In wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is traditionally associated to Cabernet Franc , Merlot and Petit Verdot . Cabernet Sauvignon small bunches give a strong in tannic wine with aromas of blackcurrant and green pepper. Therefore the wine is harsh when young but develops a very delicate bouquet in aging. Californian vine growers have managed to produce very good wines of the Cabernet Sau

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