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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Louis de Grenelle ‘Corail’ Saumur Brut Rosé, NV Regular price: $22.99 Sale Price: $17.99 100% Cabernet Franc, this is a fresh and crisp example of the centuries old tradition of sparkling wines from Loire. Bright berry fruit with hints of tell-tale Cab Franc olive and pepper. This is a great aperitif wine! Briday Crémant[…]
2016 Lionel Faury Saint-Joseph Blanc Northern Rhone, FR Regular Price $37.99 Sale Price $29.99 I have to confess that I love Roussanne and Marsanne, the dominant white grapes of the Northern Rhone, both individually and blended together. They produce complex white wines of richness and power, that age interestingly and well. They are precisely the[…]
Once upon a time, wine was simple. Someone in the neighborhood grew grapes and someone in the family turned the grapes into wine and put it in barrels and traded it for other goods (or drank it themselves). Actually, nearly everyone grew grapes or knew someone who did, so wine was plentiful and cheap and[…]
2017 Pierre et Rodolphe Gauthier ‘Jour de Soif’ Bourgueil Loire Valley, FR Regular Price $19.99 Sale Price $15.99 Here’s the thing…there’s an ocean of wine out there. And of that ocean of wine, only a few stand out, not because of some critics’ opinion (face it, the public doesn’t read the wine press, it’s all[…]
De Forville Chardonnay 2016 Regular price: $19.99 Sale Price: $15.99 Light, fresh and crisp, this is a delightfully unoaked Chardonnay that’s guaranteed to invigorate your tired palate and allow you to wonder anew about the beauty and versatility of Chardonnay. Brovia Roero Arneis 2017 Regular Price $32.99 Sale price $25.99 Arneis was all but[…]
2015 MARFIL Alella Pansa Blanca Barcelona, SP Regular Price $16.99 Sale Price $11.99 OK, class, today we talk about Pansa Blanca. Who can tell me about Pansa Blanca? Johnny? Susie? Ok, how about Xarel-lo? No one? Stevie? Anyone? They are the same grapes, people! Enough with the faux-classroom…yes, Pansa Blanca and Xarel-lo are the same[…]
There are, quite literally, hundreds of thousands of wines produced across the planet every year. Some small, really insignificant number of those are submitted to a panel of judges or a wine critic, who then offer opinions as to the quality of the wine, generally, as compared to other wines. There is no laboratory involved,[…]
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2015 Stephane Aviron Chenas Vieille Vignes Beaujolais, FR Regular Price $23.99 Sale Price $18.99 Beaujolais gets a bad rap, man. It’s not enough that many assume that all wines from Beaujolais drink like Nouveau Beaujolais, the tutti-fruity, banana and berry scented wines released every November, but additionally, the assumption is that the wines are simple[…]
Domaine Servin Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru 2016 Regular price: $37.99 Sale Price: $29.99 This a classic example from one of the finest Premier Cru sites in Chablis. All stainless steel fermentation and aging of the fruit of 35 year old uncloned Chardonnay vines yields a rich and expressive wine that will likely age remarkably well.[…]