François, born and raised in the Loire Valley, a well-known wine region of France, has been in the retail wine business for over 30 years. His extensive wine knowledge allows him to offer expert advise on food and wine pairings, as well as party and event planning.

Customers will be surprised at the extent of wine knowledge that François has. If you are looking to try something new, tell François what you enjoy currently and he use that information to help find a new favorite for you.

One of his favorite wines is Amarone, a wine which is made from dried grapes and is unique to Italy.

François' Picks

François serving up a rich fare this Thanksgiving and needs a wine with some acidity to balance out the meal. Ponzi Pinot Gris ($17.99) is made by a family owned estate in the Willamette valley.
All 130 acres are LIVE certified sustainable, the world highest standard for sustainable viticulture and enology. This Pinot Gris possesses aromas of guava , rose and white tea, preceding the textured palate laced with ginger spice, white pepper and peach. The finish is bright and fresh, leaving a trail of lime zest and poached pear. Rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast. 

Francois has chosen a Thanksgiving spirit that is all-American but reminds him of his home country, France. Laird's Apple Brandy ($31.99) is what he will be using as a base for the gravy in his Roasted Apple Turkey with Apple Brandy Gravy. Much beloved by American early settlers, apple jack is now enjoying resurgence in popularity, both as  a beverage and as a cooking ingredient, which impairs a tantalizing and unique flavor to a variety of dishes in the same way one would use Calvados from France. Laird's Apple Brandy also pairs well with many desserts on a Thanksgiving table, like pumpkin, pecan and apple pies.