There's a reason that this country produces 7-8 billion bottles of wine per year. France is the main source of many grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah, and the people here have been producing wine since the Roman Empire. When sampling a particular variety, keep your eyes open for the wine's legal "rank." The country has four ratings of French wine, which serve as a good indicator of the drink's quality. The rank usually appears on the label. "Appellation Contrôlée" (AOC or AC) ratings are the highest grade. "Vins Délimités de Qualité Supérieure (VDQA) ratings translate to "demarcated wine of superior quality." A "Vins de Pays" rating essentially means "country wines", and is usually followed on the label with the name of the area the grapes are from. And lastly, table wine - "Vins de Table" - is everyday wine with no specific region, vintage or grape variety indicated on the label.
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Calories: 90One Glass of French Wine
Calories: 150One Half of a Baguette
The French take their bread seriously. The Baguette is the classic long skinny loaf your will find in the boulangerie. It is such an integral part of French culture that the national government has instituted laws concerning the bread dough's constitution.
Calories: 120One Macaroon from Ladurée
Six years after first sampling her first Ladurée macaroon, our BTG researcher still wakes up in the middle of the night dreaming about these sweet concoctions. She recommends sampling the pistachio or caramel sea salt varieties, but also assures us that no selection is a wrong selection.
*NOTE: Calorie counts are approximate. Where no official information is provided they are based on equivalent caloric value for similar products.
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