French Design Inspirations: The Best in Bordeaux Red Wines

What good is a French-inspired kitchen without great French wine? (Credit: Maison Creative, Jean-Pierre Forget)
What good is a French-inspired kitchen without great French wine? (Credit: Maison Creative, Jean-Pierre Forget)

What good is having a beautiful, French-inspired kitchen or wine cellar if you don’t have the perfect wines to enjoy in it? During Peter Salerno’s recent trip to France, he spent a majority of his time in the world-renowned region of Bordeaux, drawing inspiration from its breathtaking designs – and its equally breathtaking wines.

Thanks to some great referential articles from knowledgeable sources (plus our staff’s own base of knowledge – based on our love for fine wines, of course), we can bring you the best in Bordeaux red wines. These wines won’t just leave a refreshing, complex taste on your palate, they won’t leave a dent in your finances either. (Did you know that some Bordeaux-based red wines can run well over $1,000 per bottle? While they may be worth the money, there’s definitely other ways to enjoy the best of Bordeaux.)

This fantastic article from IntoWine shares their best Bordeaux reds “for the money” from the recent (and well respected) 2010 vintage. If you haven’t tried the 2010 Château Gruaud Larose, and you have $97 to invest, this is about the finest bottle you can find in its price range. If a more modest price range is what you’re seeking, IntoWine rates Château de Chantegrive ($23) as a bit above the rest.

If you’d like to take a step back into highly respected vintages from a bit less recently, the 1982 and 2004 growing seasons in Bordeaux are regarded as especially good (although the 1982 will run you a far steeper cost). The Château Latour 1982 is considered one of the finest; if price is no object, the $1,500 per bottle price point is well worth your investment. For a far more modest asking price, the 2004 vintage of Château Cos d’Estournel Saint-Estephe ($90) has a smooth, beautiful blend of currants and dark stone fruits.

Of course, the bottle of wine you buy is nowhere near as important as the loved ones with whom you share it. Talk to your trusted, award-winning kitchen design experts at Peter Salerno Inc. to create your dream French kitchen and wine cellar, and start sharing memories with great friends and great wines in a beautiful, customized space.

Fall 2013 Feature: New French Design Inspirations

A recent trip to France inspired Peter Salerno with some remarkable kitchens.
A recent trip to France inspired Peter Salerno with some remarkable kitchens. (Photo Credit: Maison Creative, Jean-Pierre Forget)

There are so many reasons to visit France: the stunning landscapes, beautiful architecture, and cutting-edge cuisine (to just name a few). For Peter Salerno, there’s also the chance to visit our friends and trusted business partners at La Cornue, spend time at some of the best vineyards in the world, and – most importantly – get inspired.

“It’s important to see the world and all its unique, beautiful designs,” Peter Salerno recently said in an office interview. “Taking this trip to France was an amazing opportunity to see how a country so renowned for its cuisine was designing its kitchens. And I have to tell you, some of what I saw was just stunning. I have so much new inspiration to draw from for our clients.”

In this special Fall 2013 featured set of articles, we’ll be sharing with you some of Peter Salerno’s stunning design inspirations from his recent trip to France. If you’re a fan of French interior design – and kitchen design specifically – then this is can’t miss series of articles.

(Special thanks in advance to Maison Creative and Home Cuisines & Bains, two of the leading periodical authorities on French kitchen and bath design, for some of the photos that appear in forthcoming articles.)

For more on Peter Salerno’s award-winning kitchen and bath designs, please visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. website.