Wines and Foods from France

Review by Debbie Mazo

Aromatic white, spicy red, or fruity bubbly. With today's list of fine wines growing on a daily basis, choosing the perfect wine for your meal can be overwhelming. And, if that's not enough, deciding whether to serve brie or camembert along with your Chardonnay may drive you to dairy distraction.

If you've always admired the French for their savoir faire, then take a virtual visit to France, and sample the wine and cheese at Wines and Food from France. Although many countries produce wine, the French boast that their winemaking, protected by a system of strict regulations, is an ancient craft that is truly a labor of love. With fun graphics and a distinctive French flavor, this online version of the French Wines and Food pocket guide makes it easy for you to select and enjoy a variety of wines, spirits, and cheese from France.

To help you match wines with your meals, this site offers a comprehensive wine guide which will teach you how to pair wines with everything from hors d'oeuvres to grilled foods to deserts. The wine guide also details everything you ever wanted to know about the grapes found in different regions of France, including Beaujolais, Bourdeaux, and, of course, Champagne.

If you need serving tips, you can visit the Entertaining section which also lets you create and print your very own wine label guaranteed to impress your friends. You'll also want to sample the main course with your wine. In the Cuisine section, you can check out different types of cheeses and print recipes for some classic French meals, such as Eggplant Terrine and Sea Scallop Napoleon.

Now that you're a connoisseur of French wines and cheese, you can test your French vocabulary against the pronunciation database of audio files that will having you finding favor with the most snobbish maitre'd in no time.

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.

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