Thursday, April 24, 2008
I went to a tasting of French country wines the other day and was pleasantly surprised at the offerings.
Years ago French country wines (known as Vin de Pays) were generally those that hadn't made the grade or were from non-officially approved regions (AOC) and were simple and cheap.
The ones I tried were not simple and certainly not cheap (ranged from $30 to $90 per bottle).
There is at long last a movement in France by progressive winemakers to circumvent the oppressive wine regulations and to try and make great wines unrestrained by the official requirements of grape varietal and blending practices - kind of like in Italy when the 'Super Tuscans' were created.
Vive La Resistance!
(this will probably set Robert off on another tangent and blog name)