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Types of French Red Wines

Red wine is a wonderful addition to almost any meal and is just as perfect alone. There are many countries which currently produce red wine yet some are more well known than others as they have been doing so for centuries. One such country which is known for its abundant wine production is France. If one is looking to select a wonderful French red wine then the following red wine varieties might just peak one’s interest.

Pinot Noir

A wonderful variety of French red wine is Pinot Noir. Produced from the grape with the same name, Pinot Noir wine is a dry, red wine that is robust in flavor. Much of this French wine comes from the Burgundy region of France and is quite a popular variety within the country and around the world. When looking to pair Pinot Noir with one’s meal selection, it is best to choose full flavor entrees such as meat, fish and pasta specialties.


Another great red wine which is produced in France is Merlot. Merlot production flourishes the most in the Bordeaux region of France as much of the French Merlot wines come from this area. Merlot is a wonderful type of French red wine as one can pair a glass of this variety with many different entrees although dark meats, pasta and fish tend to work the best alongside of Merlot.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a French red wine which also sees a large production in the Bordeaux region of France. This red wine is robust and bold in flavor and can have a number of wonderful undertones to it. Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful addition to a meal of red meats, pastas with red sauce and lamb entrees. It also goes nicely with a variety of cheese hors devours and chocolate-laden desserts.


Syrah is another type of red wine which is produced in France. This type of wine is produced mainly in the Rhone region of France. Syrah is similar to the Shiraz variety which is produced in Australia vineyards and wineries. The characteristics of Syrah include dark purple tones, strong fruit tastes such as blackberry and currants, black pepper essence and a wonderful shelf life. Although Syrahs will vary from winery to winery, these are some of the general characteristics of Syrah wine. Syrah is a great wine to pair with strong foods such as Indian meals or grilled entrees.


France is a large producer of a variety of red wines. From dark, flavorful types to smoother, less intense varieties, French red wines are quite diversified in nature. With a little independent research and a few wine tasting's, one is sure to find a French red wine that is perfect for them.

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