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Introduction to the Wines of France by Jason Kallsen of Twin Cities Wine Education LLC

When it comes to the world of wine, there is one country that stands head and shoulders above all in terms of history, reputation, and influence. That country, of course, is France.

From the cool hills of Champagne in the north to the sun scorched plains to the south, the sheer range of wines coming from France can be overwhelming to the wine novice. Add to that the Appellation d’Origine system (“AOC”) which names the wines based on geography with little or no indication of grape varieties, and it’s no wonder frustrations can run high in the French section of a wine shop. $40