Bastille Day: Wines Fit For A Revolution

Celebrated on July 14th, the overtaking of Bastille was the start of the French Revolution. Originally built as a fortress during the medieval era, Bastille eventually became a prison, especially for political prisoners. Although it was scheduled to be demolished in the late 1700s, it still symbolized the harsh rule of the monarchy. On July 14th citizens attacked and captured the building, releasing the few prisoners that were being held there, thus starting the Revolution.


Today, Bastille Day is celebrated with parades, dancing, fireworks, and of course, wine! Here are some French wines fit for a Revolution:

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2020

This lively Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France, is full-bodied, lush, and rich with flavors of citrus, peach, cherry blossoms, hints of baking spices, and balanced freshness and elegance. Pair with Pâté de Campagne and your favorite French fromage.

Mas Amiel Vertigo Rouge 2020

A stunning organic wine that radiates appealing notes of red berries, rose petals, and vibrant minerality. This easy-drinking, lush, complex wine will sing with Coq au Vin, grilled veggies, or spicy dishes. 

La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose 2021

A pale, orange-salmon color, this quintessential, refreshing wine is perfect for daytime quaffing, as well as a great table wine. Notes of wild strawberries, watermelon, citrus, and white pepper make it an exceptional partner for Ratatouille, charcuterie boards, and strawberry and kale salads. 

Cyrille Sevin Une Lente Melopee 2017

Elegant and powerful, this Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay blend from the Loire Valley is delicious and natural without being funky. Enjoy with creamy pastas, like French Onion Pasta, macarons, or goat cheese.

Domaine Dugois Trousseau Grevilliere 2017

An elegant red wine with expressive notes of Morello cherry, baking spice, and blackberry. This wine is exquisite alongside Comte cheese, French steak tartare, and mushroom pâté.

Domaine Collotte Marsannay Rose 2021

Sustainable, 100% Pinot Noir Rose, that is fresh and balanced with notes of peach blossoms, light herbs, and lush red berries. Pair with braised sweetbread, chicken salads, and risotto.

Sebastien Christophe Petit Chablis 2021

Sustainably farmed Chardonnay that’s ripe and mineral with mouthwatering notes of yellow apple, white peach, and lemon verbena. Enjoy on its own or with escargot, quiche, and soft French cheeses, like Brie and Camembert.