You may never have heard of the 'Languedoc-Roussillon' region in the South of France, or perhaps you don't care because you find French wines too confusing and you'd rather stick with your bottle of Aussie wine where you can tell what grapes it was made from. We kinda agree with you on that point.
However, France does have an awful lot to offer if you know where to look. Often seen as the place where the expensive wine comes from (think Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy) there are some fantastic everyday wines if you know where to look.
Launched recently, the Sud De France Top 100 is an excellent website that helps consumers successfully navigate through what is the largest wine producing region in the world, to find good quality, keenly priced wines that match their taste preferences.
The Top 100 were selected by a panel of judges comprising of wine writers, authors, buyers and somelliers and this winners can be browsed through on their website.
Two of our favourites were the Chateau Mignan Minervois, a red wine that went great with our BBQ with interesting smoky yet sweet black fruit flavours. We also felt the Paul Mas Viognier over delivered with lush tropical fruits for a wine sub £10.
Check out http://www.suddefrancetop100.co.uk