The History of Wine

Millions, perhaps billions, of people throughout the world drink wine. And a lot of them do it right here in France. In fact, plenty of people travel to Paris just to sit in cafe and drink the French wine. Wine is a common drink that comes in many different varieties. Wine has a fascinating history that most wine drinkers don’t know.

Humans have made wine for thousands of years, even though they didn’t have those handy little counter top wine fridges like we have today. In the country of Georgia, archeologists have found evidence of wine jars up to 8000 years old. Other sites have shown evidence of wine-making dating to as early as the late Neolithic period in Europe.

In China, there is evidence that a fermented beverage made of grapes and rice was produced around 7000 BC. However, due to the age of the jars found, there is no conclusive proof that grapes were used. Other fruits, such as hawthorn, might have been used to make the drink, which would mean it was not truly wine.

We can thank the Phoenicians for spreading wine culture around the Middle East. They started from their base of city-states and moved westward to Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.

The earliest evidence of wine in India dates to about 300 BC. There are writings from the court of the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya condemning the frequent use of alcohol by the Emperor and others in his court. The writings mention a type of wine called madhu.

True wine is made from fermented grapes, however, other types of fruit can be made into what are called “fruit wines.” Most other types of fruit lack some of the specific qualities which grapes possess, making it more difficult to turn them into wine. Historically, then, wine is made from grapes unless other types of fruit grow in much greater abundance in a specific area.

Some beverages called “wine” are made from starch-based sources, such as barley or rice. Rice wine is common in Japan, where it is called sake. However, these are not truly wines either. The word wine in these cases refers more to the similarity in alcohol content than to the production process. In taste, these drinks more resemble beer than fruit- or grape-based wine.

This is only a very brief look into the long and fascinating history of wine. There is lots more to learn about wine and its history if you want to learn. There are many different varieties of wine grapes, for example, which produce different flavors in the wines they produce. Any vineyard, wine enthusiast, or wine and spirits store would be happy to help you learn more about this delicious beverage. Now, if only those wine bottles were easier to open for my old hands!

A Typical Bed and Breakfast Experience in Paris

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Our Bed and Breakfast is a 19th century house, built of stones once used for making millstones in Paris area.

We have a lovely garden where breakfast is served if the weather allows.

About this charming B&B Paris in France :

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly reception, then comfortable bedrooms and finally you arrive very quickly in Paris center from our Bed and Breakfast close to the most famous sights of Paris.

Such a spacious accommodation is nowhere to be found in Paris and is not common in the the immediately surrounding area of Paris. You will have the opportunity to be in a very pleasant bed and breakfast located on the bank of the river.

Last but not least our pricing is very reasonable for a stay in a pleasant and historic guest house .

This B&B in Ile de France is a perfect place for those who understand the advantages of staying outside Paris, providing easy access to the city center and a quiet haven to relax after their visits.

It’s our own house, not a so-called “Bed and Breakfast” or “B&B” which are actually hotels or flats.

So a classic Bed & Breakfast with a uniquely French experience in Paris.

The B&B has three guest rooms, all of them offers a wonderful view of the river. Not only the village is near Paris, but this delightful Bed and Breakfast accommodation is also within easy reach of the many tourist treasures of Ile-de-France.

Enjoy the best of both worlds : the quiet of the banks of the river and the proximity of Paris.

The innkeeper speaks English well and we usually discuss about your plans of your day in Paris during breakfast (from Bus routes to hidden places, there is so much things you like or must know and you will never get these informations from hotels or people who are not comfortable with English).

In our bed and breakfast we try to offer you a quality of service such that you will remember with pleasure your holiday in this Paris Bed and Breakfast. It’s our pleasure to have guests and to help them in their visits of Paris.

Discover a french B&B experience which is more valuable than staying in a hotel.

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Our B&B is equipped with a free Wifi wireless Internet access for your laptops.

The historic heart of France, Paris and the Ile-de-France boast some of the world’s most famous museums and sights. We can advice you on monuments, museums and gardens for a taste of the many possible activities which await you. We provide all the information needed to bring the most out of your trip in Paris.

Bed and Breakfast France, Self Catering Houses and Vacations rentals

Choose a lodging in a Bed and breakfast in France or a self catering accommodation ( i.e a gite), is the best way to discover tourism, way of life, gastronomy of an area or department in France.
Accommodating is the passion of theses owners who open their lodging for your holidays.
The following pages presents a selection of B&B, accommodations in France. They are sorted by regions or departments (inside the regions pages). So you can select the area you are aiming for and learn about tourism in this areas of France while visiting some of the best Bed and breakfast sites among the amazing numerous of accommodations available in France. 
More websites are listed in the french area but their description in only in french : France Bed and breakfast
  • Alsace
  • Auvergne
  • Aquitaine
  • Bourgogne
  • Bretagne
  • Centre
  • Champagne Ardennes
  • Corse
  • Franche-Comté
  • Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Limousin
  • Lorraine
  • Midi-Pyrénées
  • Nord
  • Normandie
  • Paris Ile-de-France
  • Pays de la Loire
  • Picardie
  • Poitou-Charentes
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
  • Rhône-Alpes
  • Outre Mer
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Chambres d’hôtes et Gites

Résider pendant vos vacances chez des particuliers, qu’ils vous proposent des chambres d’hôtes, Bed and breakfast ou des gites ruraux , est la meilleure manière de découvrir une région, son tourisme, sa façon de vivre, sa gastronomie…

L’accueil est la passion de ces propriétaires qui vous ouvrent leur hébergement pour vos vacances.
Les pages qui suivent vous présentent une rapide visite touristique de la France et une sélection d’hébergements situés dans ces superbes régions.

Accès aux descriptions des Bed and breakfast et gites en Anglais
  • Alsace
  • Auvergne
  • Aquitaine
  • Bourgogne
  • Bretagne
  • Centre
  • Champagne Ardennes
  • Corse
  • Franche-Comté
  • Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Limousin
  • Lorraine
  • Midi-Pyrénées
  • Nord
  • Normandie
  • Paris Ile-de-France
  • Pays de la Loire
  • Picardie
  • Poitou-Charentes
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
  • Rhône-Alpes
  • Outre Mer
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