What at first I displayed here through photographs are French wine labels that should accentuate the "Unnecessary" (above are wines clearly marked Syrah, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, and Malbec--no problema), but the later displays should be quite a bit tougher and can only be explained in encyclopedic-like taxonomy; fear not, for some simple rules will get you through the thickets and into the grass just to pour a "simple" glass of wine.
When it comes to exploring Bordeaux red wines, the caterpillar-like exploration will metamorphose into a flight of winged white wines taking us on a magical ride of sensuality, especially sweet botrytis enhanced Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc, and less often Muscadelle wines; for the most part think blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
As for Rhône white wines, since the number of white wines here are typically three times as many as those in Bordeaux, I'll refer you to an encyclopedia of French wines, but I do have an affinity for Rhône Viognier.
Loire Valley is a complex group of three regions, broken-up into many different appellations, but my foothold here is mostly with Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc) and Vouvray (Chenin Blanc); otherwise refer to the "advanced" Winefolly "encyclopedia".
Two thoughts concerning French wine novices not seeking to be a sommelier:
1: Locate one or two areas of French wines to explore; I chose Bordeaux as a whole, and Chablis of Bourgogne where great (think Burgundy: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) wines come from; I'm slowly reaching into The Loire Valley and The Rhône Valley (this is an adventure, not a conquest).
2: Look for wine labels that indicate 100% varietal and express the more familiar Merlot, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc type wines on the labels.
À votre santé!
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