France is renowned for producing some of the best wines in the world and is home to prestigious winemaking regions—everyone easily recognizes Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux and the sense of clout that comes with those names. Not to mention, many varieties that first rose to prominence in France (such Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay) have now become “international varieties” because of their popularity. Many of France’s winemaking practices and styles have also been adopted around the world for the quality wines that are produced. These suggestions of 12 French Wines to Try Before You Die are just one idea of the perfect case of French wine, encompassing many varieties, regions, and price points.

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Written by Raoul Segarra, General Manager & Wine Director at North Square Restaurant

Raoul Segarra has been working with spirits for over 15 years. A seasoned sommelier, Segarra has worked at Keens, Judson Grill, and Jean-Georges, under the direction of great sommeliers-mentors who noticed and nurtured his talent. In 2004, he joined the Beanstalk Group (The Red Cat, The Mermaid Inn, The Harrison, Pace) as Wine and Beverage Director, where he put his creativity and love for finding a lesser-known region or wine at a great price to work. Raoul brings this philosophy to the wine list at North Square, which features over 110 wines from 15 countries, 65 priced at less than $50.