submitted by Peter Thivierge
wine culture is based on terroir and appellation:
wine areas such as Chablis, Saint Emilion, Sancerre
or Cotes du Rhone.
restaurants list wines according to their appellation.
rule of thumb is to drink red wine with meat and
white wine with fish.
details are available in our list
of terroirs which tell you what are the best
dish and vitange for a specific appellation.
restaurants provide a house wine. It is a cheap selected
wine offering the best quality for the price. The
house wine will be identified in the wine list as
Cuvée du Patron
- Cuvée du Restaurant
restaurants also provide something called "vin
au pichet" or "vin à la carafe".
The wine is not served in a bottle but in a pitcher
or carafe. It is the cheapest wine however quality
varies greatly from one restaurant to another. Sometimes
the house wine and the carafe wine are the same.
waiters know wine enough to advise you on the most
suited wine to go with your dish.
more about french
terroirs and wine
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