Tomorrow is Bastille Day. Vive Le France!

The history of French wine is a fascinating journey through the land of some of the best wine anywhere in the world. If you’re looking for a light and refreshing vin français, there are plenty of options to choose from.

French wine has been a staple for more than 2,600 years. The French wine industry has been the potentate for the world wine industry for most of its history with many of its wines considered the exemplar for their particular style.

France is the point of origin for most of the world’s famous grape varieties. Cabernet and Merlot hail from Bordeaux, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy, and Syrah and Grenache from the Rhone Valley. Other wine regions include Alsace, a primarily white-wine region, Beaujolais, Brittany, Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean where the wines of which are primarily consumed on the island itself. It has nine AOC regions and an island-wide vin de pays designation.

Bastille Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14th in 1789, an important event in the French revolution. I always celebrate the French national holiday by indulging in the best French food and most certainly… the best wine.

How about trying some summer-appropriate white wines, such as Chablis, Sancerre or white Burgundy? Domaine Delaporte’s 2016 Chavignol Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre France is crisp, fresh and juicy with tangy acidity. It has silky texture and lively, lifted style. Get this for only $29.

The 2015 Ier Cru Chablis Fourchaume from Maison Louis Jadot is bright and minerally with tangy citrus. It has pristine balance and is rich and elegant with a long finish. This one’s $93 and worth every penny. Happy Bastille Day!