Why French and what paradox?
We focus on French wines because they represent the alpha and omega of wine. Those wines that you love from California, Australia, Chile and South Africa; that bold Cabernet, fruit-forward Shiraz, juicy Chardonnay or zesty Sauvignon Blanc all have their origin in the vineyards of France. Arguably, the finest French wines are made of grapes from the worst agricultural areas imaginable. To us, the Paradox is.... how did these wines become, and remain, great throughout the centuries?
Our aim is to, paradoxically, both celebrate and demystify French wines (and cheese) and allow our fellow wine lovers to appreciate both good and great wines from all parts of the globe.
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