France is synonymous with good food and joie de vivre – a cliché? I suggest you take a drive through the villages of Provence on a summer Sunday. Smoke rises from the gardens where fish and lamb chops are sizzling on the grill, tables are laden with vegetables still warm from the sun, and sounds of laughter, banter and popping corks fill the air. You too can live the good life – round up your loved ones and celebrate the art of savoir vivre. The perfect wines and recipes can be found right here in this magazine. Bon appétit!
Best wishes, Sylvia Berger – Head of Wines at Coop
A refreshing affair – white wines
What do the Swiss and French have in common? A love of aperitifs! How about a spritzy Sauvignon Blanc or an Alsace Riesling bursting with fruit? Perfect not just for after-work drinks but as an accompaniment to summer salads, too.
Bring on the muscle – red wines
Fire up the grill! These potent reds love meat. Tip: Where Syrah is involved, a grape variety with characteristic peppery notes, don’t hold back on the spice.
Straight from the heart – rosé
You either love it or you're lying. Rosé is the undisputed summer wine, a truth that extends to food pairing: nothing goes better with southern delights like fougasse, tapenades, grilled sardines, tomato salad or apricot tart. It's no wonder the French drink 15 litres of rosé per person every year.