Summer is here and what could be better than enjoying it on some of the fabulous beaches of the Sud de France? Enjoying it with a glass of fabulous wine, of course. The Sud de France, or South of France, is home to several well-known appellations, and some you definitely need to discover!

Amidst the varied terrain you can find outstanding vineyards for red wines -- from rich and round Grenache, to characterful Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault -- that are all great for a summer barbeque. But let’s face it: If you’re thinking what I’m thinking on this hot July day, then you probably can’t wait for a chilled glass of wine.

There are many whites to choose from -- a crisp Picpoul de Pinet or lush Grenache Blanc fits the bill -- but to put me in that Mediterranean summer mood, nothing works better than a fine rose, and Tavel is always one of the finest! I love the lightly spicy nature of a good Tavel, and it is so food-friendly you can pair it with almost anything, from a salad to grilled fish to a nice grilled duck breast. Learn more about the wines of the Sud de France, and how to pair them with your favorite dishes, at www.sud-de-france.com/en.

Discovering Sud de France

Stretching from the edge of the Rhone in the north, and hugging the Mediterranean coast right up to the Spanish border in the south, the Sud de France covers a great variety of splendid terroirs that each make wine perfect for summer (and fall, winter, and spring, for that matter!).

Speaking of summer, if you’re lucky enough to be in New York City between today and July 23rd, do yourself a favor and check out the many retailers and restaurants that are participating in this year's Sud de France Festival by featuring the wines of the Sud de France, and make sure to enter their contest. You could win a dinner for two, and add some Sud de France to your summer this year!