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Wine Secrets
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Vin de Pays
Vin de Pays is a classification that was established in France in the 1970s. It came into effect to upgrade the quality of wines from parts of the south of France.

Vin de Pays
Vin de Pays is generally better quality than Vin de Table. Grapes for Vin de Pays must be from specific regions of France—instead of from anywhere in the country for Vin de Table.

Vin de Pays
Grapevines for Vin de Pays must meet yield restrictions, whereas vines for Vin de Table aren't restricted this way. Lower yields mean more concentrated fruit, which is a contributing factor to making good wine.

Vin de Pays
Although a step up from Vin de Table, Vin de Pays wines are made under less stringent quality control restrictions than those designated as AOC, which stands for Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée. That doesn't necessarily mean that Vin de Pays is inferior to AOC wine, but this is usually the case.

Vin de Pays
Domaine Laurent Miquel shows what can be produced under the Vin de Pays banner with the stunning wine, Nord-Sud Viognier. This wine from the Languedoc shows floral and nutty flavors surrounding a rich core of succulent peaches and pears.

Vin de Pays
Levin Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France is another lovely expression of the Vin de Pays category. This wine is a refreshing, zippy version of the grape with tart gooseberry and hints of both green asparagus and crushed stones. Jardin de la France means it's from the Loire.

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