French phrases (use with caution!)
Can you recommend a good wine?
Pouvez-vous nous recommander un bon vin?
Where can I find Australian wine?
Ou est-ce que je peux trouver du vin Australien?
California wine is better.
Le vin de California est le meilleure.
Would you like to have a drink?
Vous voulez prendre quelque chose?
Are you drunk?
Est-ce que vous êtes ivre?
It’s my round!
C’est ma tournée!
I’m very thirsty
J’ai très soif
I think this wine has been drunk before.
Je pense que ce vin a déjà ete bu
How much will you reimburse me for these bottles of last year’s Beaujolais?
Vous me remboursez combien pour ces bouteilles de Beaujolais de
These phrases are a lot of fun to use in our French wine classes, but we don’t recommend using them in France itself. If you do utter these phrases within French territory, the Wine School recommends you also bring along your hardcover French Dictionary and Phrasebook as a backup. It may be useful in fending off the angry mob.
This page is largely in jest. These are legitimate French wine phrases, but perhaps not the best to use while sipping wine at a cafe in Paris. We are very serious about our French wines, though. France is the home of modern viticulture, and that means anyone looking to become a Cellar Master/Sommelier should take heed.
The most important elements of commercial winemaking come from three centuries of French tradition and craftsmanship. To this day, over 99% of wines purchased are directly influenced by French wine styles. Sometimes, this makes French wines appear overly familiar, or the French stereotype is a bit too snobbish for them. Forget the cliches! Embrace the language and love the wines. You’ll be happier for it!