Wine regions

Here are a couple of fun facts about our beloved French wines

Two concepts central to the better French wines are the notion of terroir, which links the style of the wines to the locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system, replaced by the Appellation d'Origine Protégée (AOP) system in 2012. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover regions, villages or vineyards.

France is the source of many grape varieties (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries.

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La baguette

In France, the baguette is a food that has become essential to our diet.

In Paris, there are thousands of bakeries, you can find them on every street corner.

The image of the Parisian with his beret, his marinière, his glass of red wine and his baguette under his arm is a bit exaggerated or is it?

One can still wonder: what would we do without our little golden crust baguette?

But how was the wand born?

The origin of the baguette goes back to the time of Napoleon. His bakers are said to have invented an elongated loaf to make bread more easily transportable by soldiers. At the time, bread was already an essential aspect of our lives, dare i say...sacred!

But wait, another version of the story exists??

Some say that this style of bread was in fact, invented in Vienna, then imported to France during the 19th century.

Whatever its origin, the baguette has developed widely from the 1920s and even today between sandwiches and pieces of bread during meals, we really do not see how we could live without our daily bread …