- Publish Date: Jun 17, 2010
Singing Les Bleus
A look at France's World Cup wine connections.
We have to hand it to France--get it? Hand it to France?
Still, The Daily Sip tips its beret to Les Bleus for having one heck of a wine-stacked squad. Nearly half the players on the team come from France's wonderful wine regions. Some come from Bordeaux or the Rhône Valley, but for today's game against Mexico, we're sipping the more versatile, affordable wines from the regions that some of the French players call home.
Delicious white wines come from the Loire Valley--which also produced midfielder Jeremy Toulalan and defender Anthony Reveillere. Toulalan is from Nantes, home of Muscadet (the grape is called Melon de Bourgogne), a light, dry white. Or try a Chenin Blanc from Reveillere's home of Anjou. Chenin Blanc is wonderful as a dry, sweet or sparkling wine.
But the region that's represented most by France's World Cup squad is Provence, home to strikers Djibril Cissé and André-Pierre Gignac, plus defender Sebastien Squillaci. The best wines here are the rosés. If you don't think so, you probably only like sports in which players use their hands. So you're in luck if you watch the French play!
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