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I Admit It - I'm a French Wine Snob!

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It's actually ironic. I worked at a winery in California for five years, and talked to thousands of visitors about why they should embrace California wines. And I believe what I told them - there are great wines from many, many regions in the world. But it does not change the fact that underneath it all, I am a bit of a snob for French wine.

Now it could be that France is where I fell in love with wine. It's actually also where I fell in love with my husband, Mike (you can read the whole story on our About Us page) so this may also be part of the aura French wine has for me. But it could also be that I just really, really like a lot of French wines - not all of them, I do concede there are bad French wines - but many of my favorite wines are from France. 

There is something to be said for the fact that the French have been at premium winemaking for hundreds of years and many of the great grape varieties that are now grown elsewhere originated in the areas of France where they first became renowned. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage, and of course - Champagne - I may actually be a little addicted to French wines.

If you are not afraid to catch this bug, here are a few of my personal favorites. Good luck finding many of them - they are made in very small quantities and can be hard to impossible to buy because they are closely allocated - but they are very, very special:

2004 Jean Louis Chave, Hermitage Blanc, J. L. Chave Selection
2001 Domaine du Pegau, Cuvee Reservee, Chateauneuf du Pape
1998 Alain Voge, Vielles Vignes, Cornas
1995 Chateau Latour, Pauillac

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