name='Steve Crook']But can you buy Italian or German wines in France?
Or in fact any wine produced in another country in any major wine producing country?
That's why there are more Masters of Wine in the UK than in any other country.
By not producing any (much) we can have the benefit of the best wines from around the world
In the larger, French, supermarkets near the channel ports you will find quite a representation of German wine (aimed largely at the British buyer............you can probably guess the brands on offer?). Then there are the TESCO and Sainsburys stores which offer world wines at minimal savings.
In South eastern France you'll find plenty of Italian Wine.
Across the whole of France you'll find Corsican Wine and a North African brand called "Sidi Brahim"...........it's everywhere.
My favourite german wines come from Franken or Franconia. They're very difficult to find here as they tend to drink it before the shippers get hold of it
I very seldom buy Italian wine unless I'm in Italy where I head for the Piemonte for Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco and Gattinara (Spanna). Blissful wines
I think the Institute Of Masters Of Wine being based in the UK has helped swell the ranks with UK-based members. Courses of study are only open to people working in the wine industry but their membership extends to 23 countries.
I quite like the system of having a sommelier in some of the better restaurants . They will be completely au fait with every wine on the list and they will have an extensive knowledge of the region and matching wines to food.
What a subject