I met some new friends over the weekend at a really fun wine tasting of French wines from the Côtes du Rhône region of the Rhône Valley in the south of France. Isn’t it funny, I’ve never been to a wine tasting where I didn’t have a good time! What’s not to like about tasting over 30 different wines from Côte-Rotie, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage, Gigondas, Laudun and many other appellations?
What made this even more fun was the shared interest not only in French wines but of the beautiful language, la belle langue, and also of the French countryside. I always love talking to someone who’s been to parts of France where I’ve not travelled and getting some tips of where to go on my next journey. Plus, it was a chance to speak French with others who are learning and want to help each other. Drinking wine while practicing my French either makes me much better because I’m less intimidated, or maybe much worse depending on how much wine I may imbibe. Don’t judge.
I’ve been researching many sources for learning and improving my French lately and I’ll be sharing these on Chez Suzette. There are so many sources out there now, so if you’re interested to learn to parlez français I’ll do some of the legwork and we’ll make it fun along the way.
Those of us who learn different languages have many reasons for doing so, often for travel or for work or maybe it was a requirement in school. I ran across this quote last week from the blog Oui In France and I have to say, I think it’s probably the best: