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French Phrases That Will Help You on Your Wine Tour

French Phrases That Will Help You on Your Wine Tour

As you may know by now, we are running a short series of blog posts aimed at helping others create their own French vineyard tour. This post is aimed at those that cannot speak French. We witnessed a few people struggle with ordering while we were away, who were, perhaps unintentionally, rude to staff. Two main examples spring to mind:

Vineyard Staff Member: ‘Bonjour!’

Member of Public: ‘Um, I’m English.’


Vineyard Staff Member: ‘Okay, well Bonjour is French for Hello.’

Fair enough, that’s the basic one everybody. At least learn hello!

And the other example:

Member of Public: ‘Do you speak English?’

Member of Staff: ‘Non.’

Member of Public: ‘Right, well I want onions in my omelette, and no tomatoes.’

Member of Staff: ‘Je ne parle pas anglais.’

Member of Public: ‘Can you get someone over here who can speak English please?’

Why? I felt furious with this one. If you are in a different country, try and order in the language of the country. No, it isn’t always easy, but it is polite.

Okay, examples and reasons for being cross over. Here are a few phrases that will help you with your wine tasting (and we covered Bonjour, so now you know that one.)

The most commonly used phrases with us are:

Un verre de vin rouge s’il vous plait.

(Un vare do van rouge siv-ew-play)

That’ll get you a glass of the house red, but if you prefer white, say blanc instead of rouge.

Est la dégustation de vin disponible?

Is wine tasting available? (Sometimes it is free, sometimes it isn’t – this will at least get you to a stage where you can find out if they offer it at all!)

Que recommandez-vous?

What do you recommend?

Celui-ci est mon préféré.

This one is my favourite.

Pourrais-je essayer celui-là s’il vous plaît?

Could I try that one please?

Combien ça coûte?            

How much does this cost?

L’addition, s’il vous plaît.

A tricky pronunciation – this is pronounced as ‘laddi-syon’ and will get you the bill.

If you are really struggling, and have gone as far as you can with your French knowledge, ask the following:

Parlez vouse anglais?

(Par-lay voo ong-lays?)

If they speak English, they will then tell you.


We hope this helps your wine adventure! What are your most used phrases? 

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