Provence

From Arles to Nice, Provence is a beautiful stretch of tourist and seaside attractions and idyllic landscapes surrounded by sun-drenched vineyards. Art, history, geography and culture can be found around every corner, and not just during the big festivals throughout the summer. Although Provence is known for its fields of lavender and is the top rosé producer, it also turns out lesser known whites and reds that are gradually gaining notoriety. With new appellations and wines that cannot be found outside the region itself, there are still many great finds in Provence. In this sun-drenched, dry region, grapes are one of the only crops that can be grown.
Provence

Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
201590+ CELLARS ROSE8.99
2016AIME ROQUESANTE ROSE12.99
2014MAS DE GOURGONNIER19.99
2015MIRAVAL ROSE24.99

Languedoc

Languedoc-Roussillon is the largest winegrowing area in the world. From the Rhone to the border of Spain, it is five times larger than the entire Australian winegrowing country. Its geographic and geological diversity provide it with a wide range of unique terroirs, including the schistous terraces of Banyuls and the sandy vineyards of Golfe du Lion, which can be seen from the beach. During the winegrowing crisis of the 1970s, the vineyards were completely overhauled, and the mediocre stock was replaced with noble grape varieties. Thirty years later, the region has emerged on the international market, with numerous exports, and has become France’s latest winegrowing success story.
Languedoc

Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2015BILA-HAUT COTSE DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES ROUGEWS-9013.99
2013BILA-HAUT L'ESQUERDAWA-9325.99
2014FABRICE GASNIER CHINON "LES GRAVES" RED16.99
2016GERARD BERTRAND COTES DES ROSES ROSE18.99
2013GERARD BERTRAND RESERVE, TAUTAVEL, GRENACHE-SYRAH-CARIGNAN16.99
2014GERARD BERTRAND CORBIERES, GRENACHE/SYRAH/MOURVEDRE14.99
2013GERARD BERTRAND MINERVOIS14.99
2015BERTRAND SAUVIGNON BLANC PERLES16.99
2013HECHT BANNIER 12.99
2013PEUCH-HAUT PRESTIGEWA-9317.99
2014PIERRE ET PAPA ROUGE9.99
2014RENE JULIETTE PICPOUL DE PINET11.99
2015SAINTE EULALIE MINERVOIS12.99

South of France and Vin de Pays

The Southwest winegrowing region was created because many small wine producers scattered across the area decided to regroup in order to improve quality and gain recognition. Since they had long operated in the shadow of the neighboring region of Bordeaux, they joined forces, using hard work, awareness of nature and ambition to improve their production as much as possible. Wines of the Southwest come from a wide range of different lands, from the mild, rainy climate of the Basque Country to the dry, limestone terroirs of Cahors, and represent a diverse collection of wines, including fine sweet wines, fruity whites and massive reds. The many authorized grape varieties attest to the long history of winemaking in the area and technology has helped optimize their potential. This is a beautiful region to explore, and its people are as warm and welcoming as the landscapes.
South of France and Vin de Pays

Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2010CHATEAU EUGENE CAHORS, MALBEC17.99
2013 BLACK BERET RED BLEND14.99
2012CHAPOUTIER BANYULS (500ML)WA-9222.99
2011D66 by Orin Swift (GRENACHE)WA-95, WS-9339.99
2014LAFAGE COTES DU ROUSSILLON CENTENAIRE BLANCWA-9114.99
2013LAFAGE CUVEE NICOLAS VIEILLES VIGNESWA-9011.99
2013LAFAGE TESSELLAE CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNESWA-9414.99
2014LAROCHE, LA CHEVALIERE CABERNET SAUVIGNON11.99
2015NOVELLUM CHARDONNAYWA-9010.99

Loire

Approximately 1000 km long, the Loire is the largest river in France and its vineyards are never far from its banks. Its source is very near the Rhone Valley, but the climate difference between the two is dramatic. The landscapes and climates of the large Loire region vary significantly from Nantes to Roannes, with maritime influences near the ocean and marked continental influences inland. The resulting multitude of different terroirs yields an incredibly diverse array of wines. With dry, sweet and sparkling wines that can be whites reds or rosés, the Loire Valley is the third most significant region in France in terms of wine quality.
Loire

Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2015BLANCHET POUILLY-FUME VIEILLE VIGNES19.99
2015CHERRIER SANCERRE 'LA CROIX POIGNANT' CUVEE VIEILLES VIGNES22.99
2014CORNE-LOUP TAVEL15.99
2014DU FIEF AUX DAMES MUSCADET10.99
2014DYCKERHOFF REUILLY PETIT GRIS ROSE19.99
2014FLEURIET SANCERRE21.99
2011GERARD BOULAY SANCERRE MONT DAMNESWA-9044.99
2013HENRI BOURGEOIS QUINCY BLANC19.99
2013JOSEPH MELLOT POUILLY-FUME LE TRONCSEC29.99
2014FOUASSIER SANCERRE CLOS PARADIS21.99
2015MONCONTOUR VOUVRAY DEMI-SEC15.99
2014MOREUX SANCERRE LES BOUFFANTS24.99
2010PINON TROIS ARGILES VOUVRAY21.99
2015PRE SEMELE SANCERRE24.99
2013SAUVION VOUVRAYWE-8911.99
2014TROTIGNON 'LES SILEX' TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC13.99
2014VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU VOUVRAY DEMI-SEC19.99