Why French and what Paradox?
It all started with a segment, called 'The French Paradox', on ‘60 Minutes’ in the early 90’s, suggesting that, despite the relatively high fat content diet of the French population, the incidents of heart disease was much lower than that of Americans. The answer was, it seemed...consumption of red wine!
Ok, so that’s never been conclusively proven. But here at the French Paradox, our intent, since we love wine, is to offer great wines from around the world through a ‘French lens’, illustrating and discussing how the French invented the modern wine world and still dominate it. We also hope to sell some wine between conversations.
And yes, paradoxically, we have wines from California...and Oregon, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Germany, New Zealand…even Virginia. And local and international beers, spirits, ciders and cheese.
So, stop by. Let's talk about wine. French or otherwise.
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Legado del Moncayo Blanca, Campo de Borja 2016 Regular Price $13.99 Sale price $10.99 Produced from the la Blasa vineyard, the only plot of Garnacha Blanca (white-skinned Grenache) the winery owns. The bouquet offers up a ripe, yet vibrant blend of melon, pear, fennel, and floral notes and a touch of minerals . On the[…]
2016 Domaine Berthet-Rayne Cotes du Rhone Blanc Regular Price $16.99 Sale Price $12.99 For the last 20 years of so, arguably the best wines for the buck have come from the southern Rhone Valley. It was one for the few times that the wine press got it right; the wines were rich and full and[…]
I love Italian wines. I’ll argue that the grapes and wines from Italy are among the most diverse and thereby, fascinating in the world. The wines are distinctly local…wines from Tuscany are not at all like those from Piedmont or Calabria or Veneto or Alto Adige. The grapes are seldom the same from one[…]
Pra ‘Otto’ Soave Classico 2016 Regular Price $21.99 Sale price $16.99 This is a beautiful and refreshing wine made of Garganega, which is largely unknown outside of Veneto. Crisp and clean with tart apple and lime flavors, it was the ‘it’ white from Italy throughout the 70’s. Put down that Pinot Grigio and pick up[…]
Throughout history, Riesling has been revered for its pure fruit flavors and vibrant acidity, it’s astonishing diversity of styles, versatility with food, and its ability to age for decades. It is at once both delicate and intense; crisp and juicy; floral and mineral; refreshing and complex; transparent and dense. The best Rieslings are pure fruit,[…]
2013 Villa Creek Luna Matta Vineyard Adelaida District, Paso Robles Regular Price $59.99 Sale price $29.99 Spicy, mineral-accented blackberry, incense and lavender on the nose, with a subtle dusting of white pepper. Sappy and densely packed, offering appealingly sweet blackfruit and floral flavors and building spiciness. Finishes very long, with vibrant dark berry and spice-cake[…]
2016 Dr. Burklin-Wolf Deidesheimer Riesling Pfalz, Germany Regular Price $27.99 Sale Price $21.99 This is a ‘village’ level wine in that its comprised of fruit from both the Premier Cru vineyards of Deidesheimer as well as fruit from other non-classified vineyards. Make no mistake, this is a very dry Riesling, with less residual sugar than[…]
Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige 2016 Regular Price $16.99 Sale price $12.99 One of the main white grapes in the Alto Adige, Pinot Bianco (Weissburgender) has been cultivated there since the mid-19th century. A light-bodied and fresh wine, it shows pear, apple and floral aromas. Fruity and crisp, it pairs well with goat cheeses,[…]
2009 Cheval Noir Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux Regular Price $24.99 Sale Price $19.99 So, here’s what we have today…a moderately priced wine from a very good vintage, from a place than, historically, makes wines that age well. What I like about this wine is that it shows some age (so what? So do I!) By that[…]