Bonny Doon Vineyard, Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé, Central Coast, CA Ste Venture, Rosé, Aix-en-Provence, France Ancient Peaks, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA Château Miqueu, Bordeaux Rouge, Haut-Médoc, France Andover Estate, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA Cave de Lugny Vielle Réserve, Chardonnay, Mâcon-Villages, France J Vineyards & Winery, Sparkling California Cuvée, California De Chanceny, Crémant de Loire Brut, Loire Valley, France Line 39, Sauvignon Blanc, California Château La Gravière, Bordeaux Blanc, Entre-Deux-Mers, France L’Oliveto, Russian River Pinot Noir,  Sonoma, CA Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir,  Burgundy, France

California Dreamin’ or French Joie de Vivre?

California. France. Both known for their year-round, drop-of-a-hat vacationability and for their outstanding wine-producing regions. Coincidence? Hardly.


Generally speaking, Californian wines are more fruit-forward, riper and have higher alcohol content than French wines, which tend toward more subtle flavor notes and hints of acidity. It all comes down to the style of production and terroir, or characteristics derived from the grape-growing environment.


Whichever style you prefer (we recommend you try both regions’ wines to find out), wines that share the same types of grape varietals may be labeled differently based on where they’re produced — a French wine label may state the grape-growing region, and New World wines from California are more likely to state the type of grape. What might be a Bordeaux rouge in France may be called a Cabernet Sauvignon in California, for example.


We’ve paired up six wines from California and France by type of grapes (and fun personal style traits) so that you can taste and compare for yourself — dinner party, anyone?


Must be 21. Please drink responsibly.

Bonny Doon Vineyard, Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé, Central Coast, CA

Like a perfectly worn-in jean jacket.


Bonny Doon Vineyard

Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé

Central Coast, CA


All of the spice and delicacy of Rhône grapes. Expect aromatic florals and ripe fruit.

Ste Venture, Rosé, Aix-en-Provence, France

Like a perfectly tied neckerchief.


Ste Venture

Rosé

Aix-en-Provence, France


A symphony of raspberry, peach, herbal and citrus flavors.

Ancient Peaks, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA

Like a juicy novel.


Ancient Peaks

Cabernet Sauvignon

Paso Robles, CA


Rich blackberry and plum flavors. Dense structured tannins and a long finish.

Château Miqueu, Bordeaux Rouge, Haut-Médoc, France

Like romantic poetry.


Château Miqueu

Bordeaux Rouge

Haut-Médoc, France


Red cherry, blackberry, plum, spice and the textbook herbal character you’d always expect from a balanced Bordeaux.

Andover Estate, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA

Like an afternoon on the coast.


Andover Estate

Chardonnay

Monterey, CA

 

Crisp green apple and pear. Ripe tangerines with vanilla and buttery caramel.

Cave de Lugny Vielle Réserve, Chardonnay, Mâcon-Villages, France

Like an afternoon in the garden.


Cave de Lugny Vielle Réserve

Chardonnay

Mâcon-Villages, France


Crisp fruit and delicate floral aromas. Fresh, pleasing mouthfeel.

J Vineyards & Winery, Sparkling California Cuvée, California

Like a backyard hangout.


J Vineyards & Winery

Sparkling California Cuvée

California


Pear, honeysuckle and fresh citrus aromas and flavors.

De Chanceny, Crémant de Loire Brut, Loire Valley, France

Like a cozy soirée.


De Chanceny

Crémant de Loire Brut

Loire Valley, France


Lively, fresh citrus and pear aromas and flavors.

Line 39, Sauvignon Blanc, California

Breezy, like a pair of linen pants.


Line 39

Sauvignon Blanc

California


Delightful, straightforward and easy drinking. Fresh grapefruit, lemon and grassy herbal notes.

Château La Gravière, Bordeaux Blanc, Entre-Deux-Mers, France

Tailored, like vintage high-waisted trousers.


Château La Gravière

Bordeaux Blanc

Entre-Deux-Mers, France


Ripe white grapefruit aromas and flavors. Fresh acidity and a long finish.

L’Oliveto, Russian River Pinot Noir,  Sonoma, CA

Like a box-office hit.


L’Oliveto

Russian River Pinot Noir

Sonoma, CA

 

Ripe cherry with cola spices. Mineral-driven finish.

Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir,  Burgundy, France

Like an indie arthouse film.


Louis Jadot

Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Burgundy, France


Elegant, with complex plum, raspberry, floral and earthy mineral notes. Fresh acidity on the long finish.

California. France. Both known for their year-round, drop-of-a-hat vacationability and for their outstanding wine-producing regions. Coincidence? Hardly.


Generally speaking, Californian wines are more fruit-forward, riper and have higher alcohol content than French wines, which tend toward more subtle flavor notes and hints of acidity. It all comes down to the style of production and terroir, or characteristics derived from the grape-growing environment.


Whichever style you prefer (we recommend you try both regions’ wines to find out), wines that share the same types of grape varietals may be labeled differently based on where they’re produced — a French wine label may state the grape-growing region, and New World wines from California are more likely to state the type of grape. What might be a Bordeaux rouge in France may be called a Cabernet Sauvignon in California, for example.


We’ve paired up six wines from California and France by type of grapes (and fun personal style traits) so that you can taste and compare for yourself — dinner party, anyone?


Must be 21. Please drink responsibly.

California. France. Both known for their year-round, drop-of-a-hat vacationability and for their outstanding wine-producing regions. Coincidence? Hardly.


Generally speaking, Californian wines are more fruit-forward, riper and have higher alcohol content than French wines, which tend toward more subtle flavor notes and hints of acidity. It all comes down to the style of production and terroir, or characteristics derived from the grape-growing environment.


Whichever style you prefer (we recommend you try both regions’ wines to find out), wines that share the same types of grape varietals may be labeled differently based on where they’re produced — a French wine label may state the grape-growing region, and New World wines from California are more likely to state the type of grape. What might be a Bordeaux rouge in France may be called a Cabernet Sauvignon in California, for example.


We’ve paired up six wines from California and France by type of grapes (and fun personal style traits) so that you can taste and compare for yourself — dinner party, anyone?


Must be 21. Please drink responsibly.

Like a perfectly worn-in jean jacket.


Bonny Doon Vineyard

Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé

Central Coast, CA


All of the spice and delicacy of Rhône grapes. Expect aromatic florals and ripe fruit.

Like a perfectly tied neckerchief.


Ste Venture

Rosé

Aix-en-Provence, France


A symphony of raspberry, peach, herbal and citrus flavors.

Like a juicy novel.


Ancient Peaks

Cabernet Sauvignon

Paso Robles, CA


Rich blackberry and plum flavors. Dense structured tannins and a long finish.

Like romantic poetry.


Château Miqueu

Bordeaux Rouge

Haut-Médoc, France


Red cherry, blackberry, plum, spice and the textbook herbal character you’d always expect from a balanced Bordeaux.

Like an afternoon on the coast.


Andover Estate

Chardonnay

Monterey, CA

 

Crisp green apple and pear. Ripe tangerines with vanilla and buttery caramel.

Like an afternoon in the garden.


Cave de Lugny Vielle Réserve

Chardonnay

Mâcon-Villages, France


Crisp fruit and delicate floral aromas. Fresh, pleasing mouthfeel.

Like a backyard hangout.


J Vineyards & Winery

Sparkling California Cuvée

California


Pear, honeysuckle and fresh citrus aromas and flavors.

Like a cozy soirée.


De Chanceny

Crémant de Loire Brut

Loire Valley, France


Lively, fresh citrus and pear aromas and flavors.

Breezy, like a pair of linen pants.


Line 39

Sauvignon Blanc

California


Delightful, straightforward and easy drinking. Fresh grapefruit, lemon and grassy herbal notes.

Tailored, like vintage high-waisted trousers.


Château La Gravière

Bordeaux Blanc

Entre-Deux-Mers, France


Ripe white grapefruit aromas and flavors. Fresh acidity and a long finish.

Like a box-office hit.


L’Oliveto

Russian River Pinot Noir

Sonoma, CA

 

Ripe cherry with cola spices. Mineral-driven finish.

Like an indie arthouse film.


Louis Jadot

Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Burgundy, France


Elegant, with complex plum, raspberry, floral and earthy mineral notes. Fresh acidity on the long finish.