Cinematographer: Arthur Ircink & Mark Escribano
Editor: Arthur Ircink
Host: Jessica Bell
Lake Park Bistro
3133 East Newberry Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
French wine is produced in several regions throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year (7-8 billion bottles). France has the world’s largest wine production ahead of Italy and the second-largest total vineyard area (behind Spain). French wine exports make up 34.01% of the world market share, ahead of Italian (18.03%) Australian (10.24%) and Spanish (9.18%) wine.
France is the source of many grape varieties (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as several wine-making practices and styles of wine that are copied and imitated in other producing countries. Although some producers have benefited in recent years from rising prices and increased demand for some of the prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, the French wine industry as a whole has been influenced by a decline in domestic consumption as well as growing competition from both the New World and other European countries.
Jessica Bell founded her wine school in 2006 to legitimize her garbage cans overflowing with wine bottles and the steep bills for wine books and wine travel. Six years later, with several wine-related accreditations and accomplishments, Bell is renowned for her fun and easy approach to teaching wine at any level, from wine newbies to wine gurus. My Wine School, formerly known as Midwest Wine School, is committed to making “Wine. Your Way.”