Randy Risner Explores The Best Wines From Leading French Wine Regions

Randy Risner

February 5, 2021

French wines are categorized into almost a dozen major regions. Known for their unique varieties, wine connoisseur Randy Risner takes a look at just a small handful of the most famous regions and the very best that they have to offer, including Marc Kreydenweiss Moenchberg from Alsace, and varieties from the likes of Henriot, Ruinart, and Delamotte in Champagne.

According to Randy Risner, France’s 11 distinct wine regions are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Languedoc and Roussillon, the Rhone Valley, the Loire Valley, Provence, Beaujolais, the French South West, and Corsica.

With Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Alsace arguably among its most famous, it’s here that Risner is most keen to explore. “I’ll also touch briefly on Champagne,” adds the expert, speaking from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

He starts, first and foremost, with Bordeaux. “In the southwest of France, Bordeaux is famed for its prestigious red wine varieties, predominantly consisting of cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes,” Risner explains.

Among the most popular and best-known wines from Bordeaux, Randy Risner reports, come from producers such as Latour, Margaux, and Chateau Palmer, as well as Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Petrus, and Chateau Angelus.

Similarly prestigious is Burgundy and its wines, says Randy Risner. “Known to the French as Bourgogne rather than Burgundy, the region is famed for both red and white wines, with pinot noir and chardonnay, respectively, the star grape varieties,” he points out.

Famous wines from Burgundy—or Bourgogne—Risner goes on to explain include those from Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Musigny Georges Roumier, and Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet.

Third on Randy Risner‘s list of leading French wine regions, meanwhile, is Alsace. “With a unique microclimate, Alsace is, perhaps, best known for its still white and sparkling wines,” reveals the expert.

“Try a riesling from Trimbach Riesling Clos St Hune or Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg, or sample a pinot gris from Josmeyer Fromenteau, Wolfberger Alsace Vieilles Vignes, or Marc Kreydenweiss Moenchberg for an exemplary taste of the region,” Risner suggests.

The wine connoisseur also touches briefly on Champagne. “No discussion of the leading French wine regions would be complete without touching on Champagne,” says Randy Risner.

Made by employing a traditional technique known as méthode Champenoise, famous varieties include Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Pol Roger, Moët & Chandon, Laurent-Perrier, Krug, and Bollinger. “Also not to be missed are varieties from Henriot, Ruinart, Mumm, and Delamotte,” adds wine connoisseur Randy Risner, concluding his overview of the subject.

Wine connoisseur Randy Risner is a respected and highly seasoned attorney from California, representing the state’s cities and public agencies in a multitude of legal challenges for over 25 years.

Celebrated for his impeccable ethical standards, unflappable professional demeanor, and an inherent ability to manage high-stakes and high-pressure situations, Risner also boasts an in-depth knowledge of public agency law, litigation and risk management, and legislative drafting.

Further to his work and his love of wine, Randy Risner is similarly passionate about French cuisine, amateur radio, coin collecting, reading, and travel.