We ended up just picking a few bottles (which turned out to be pretty good). Not sure you can go too very wrong with French wine, however here are some tips if you don't want to leave it all up to chance.
Getting The Wine You Crave
In France, the wine list in restaurants is organized by regions not by types such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, etc.
Here's a list of equivalents:
If you like Chardonnay - order a Burgundy
Chardonnay is originally from France’s Burgundy region, where the best white Burgundies are powerful and rich, with complex fruit flavors and notes of earth and minerals. More affordable Chardonnays from Burgundy—for instance, those simply labeled Bourgogne Blanc—are crisp and lively, with apple and lemon flavors.
Pair Chardonnays in the leaner Burgundian style with roasted chicken or seafood; the more voluptuous New World Chardonnays pair well with pasta dishes made with cream or cheese, with lobster or other rich seafood and with Asian dishes that include coconut milk. source
Like Sauvignon Blanc, order Loire Valley
Like Big Blends, order Côtes de Rhone.
This post is brought to you thanks to my friend Julia Brown who sent me a link to her new Ezine. Check out her blog and take her tour when you're in Paris!