A year in a French vineyard: October 2019

A popular method of getting wine buying advice is via applications such as Vivino

How to be a savvy French wine buyer? Jonathan Hesford explores how the French drinker keeps abreast of the wine scene

A Connexion reader sent me an email saying that in the UK he found the recommendations made by a newspaper wine columnist to be very useful in choosing what to buy. He wanted to know if there was an equivalent in France.

I replied that in France many people use wine magazines, such as Revue du Vin de France, the annual guide books or the presence of a medal on the bottle when choosing wines from the supermarket.

The exchange made me think that it would be useful to write an article about choosing wine in France.

First of all it is worth comparing the way most people choose wine in Britain and in France. Britain has the highest percentage in Europe of people buying their wine as part of their supermarket shop.

France has a significantly lower percentage with 25% of people buying wine from specialist wine ...

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