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Pronounce The Name Of Major French Grape Varieties

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How to pronounce the name of major French red and white grapes?

Gamay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Syrah

Muscadet, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling

 

Red Grape

 Light-body wine

 How to pronounce Gamay?

 

Gamay wine is usually produced in Beaujolais region (South East).

 

How to pronounce Pinot Noir?

 

Famous Pinot Noir comes from Bourgogne region (Burgundy – Nord East).

 

Medium-body wine

 How to pronounce Cabernet Franc?

 

Cabernet Franc grape can be seen in Bordeaux – Rive Droite (Right bank – South West) and Vallée de la Loire (Loire Valley – North West).

Note that the final C is silent in the word “Franc“.

 

How to pronounce Carignan?

 

Carignan is planted  in South of France, such as Côte du Rhône, Provence or Languedoc-Roussillon.

 

How to pronounce Cinsault?

 

Cinsault or Cinsaut is produced in South of France, such as Côte du Rhône, Provence or Languedoc-Roussillon.

Note that the final LT of Cinsault is silent.

 

How to pronounce Grenache?

 

Grenache is grown mainly in South of France, such as Côte du Rhône, Provence or Languedoc-Roussillon.

 

How to pronounce Merlot?

 

Merlot is found mostly in Bordeaux – Rive Droite (Right bank – South West).

 

Full-body wine

 How to pronounce Cabernet Sauvignon?

 

Cabernet Sauvignon preferred region is Bordeaux – Rive Gauche (Left bank – South West).

 

How to pronounce Mourvèdre?

 

Mourvèdre is located in South of France, such as Côte du Rhône, Provence or Languedoc-Roussillon.

 

How to pronounce Syrah?

 

Syrah is  produced in South of France, such as Côte du Rhône, Provence or Languedoc-Roussillon.

 

White Grape

 Light-body wine

 How to pronounce Muscadet?

 

Muscadet is cultivated in Vallée de la Loire (Loire Valley – North West), close to the Atlantic ocean, in the Pays Nantais sub-region.

 

How to pronounce Sauvignon Blanc?

 

Sauvignon Blanc fits well in Bordeaux and Vallée de la Loire (Loire Valley – North West) in the Centre sub-region, like Sancerre for example.

Notice that the C of Blanc is silent.

 

 

Full-body wine

How to pronounce Chardonnay?

 

Chardonnay is the king of the white grape in Bourgogne (Burgundy – Nord East).

 

How to pronounce Sémillon?

 

Sémillon like to grow in Bordeaux (South West), especially in Sauternes sub-region.

 

How to pronounce Viognier?

 

Viognier is THE white grape of the Côte du Rhône Septentrional (North of the Rhône Valley).

 

Aromatic wine

 How to pronounce Chenin Blanc?

 

Chenin Blanc love to grow in Vallée de la Loire (Loire Valley – North West).

Notice that the C of Blanc is silent.

How to pronounce Gewurztraminer?

 

Gewurztraminer is produced in Alsace region. The wine can be either dry or sweet. “Gewurtz“ means spice or aromatic in German.

 

How to pronounce Riesling?

 

Another Alsatian grape is the Riesling, producing either dry or sweet wine.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are wondering how to pronounceother grape varieties that are on this list!

Au revoir!

Bye

 

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