A Wine that Won’t Leave Your Guests Whining

Are you still looking for that great bottle of wine that’s perfect for dinner parties, book club, committee meetings, or just afternoon sipping? Well, I’ve got just the wine for you! It’s called Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet and is a French white wine I first discovered ten years ago and am still in love with it today! Just so you know, Hugues Beaulieu is the brand; Picpoul is the grape variety (like Chardonnay or Pinot Noir).

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What’s so great about the wine?

  • It’s Delicious! Citrusy with hints of grapefruit and lime, this is a classic white wine that’s the ultimate crowd pleaser! In August 2013, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Issue #208) gave it 87 points and described it as “crisp, dry, elegant, and well made”. In 2013, it was also named by Wine & Spirits Magazine as a Best Buy and one of the Top 100 Values of the Year. No one had to tell me this, I’ve known for years this was a fabulous find!
  • Price Point. Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet retails for around $10.99 a bottle. What a great value and no buyer’s remorse when buying multiple bottles (remember, most stores give you a 10% discount when buying by the case). It’s truly the perfect party wine!
  • It’s easy to find.  Just look for it in the French section of your local wine shop. And, don’t worry about pronouncing the name correctly, it’s perfectly fine to simply ask for Picpoul and you’ll be pointed in the right direction.
  • It’s French! Who doesn’t love sipping on a little French white wine that you just “happened to have on hand” – it’ll show that you’re tres chic!
  • It pairs perfectly with a variety of foods. I love to serve it with Saint Andre, a triple crème brie cheese that’s also from France and AMAZINGLY GOOD!!! I found it at Whole Foods years ago (while tasting my way through the cheese counter) and it’s been one of my favorites since.  You can find it in many grocery stores (Whole Foods, Publix, I’ve even seen it at Costco) and it’s priced quite reasonably.

Do you want all your guests saying “Ooh la la!” at your next gathering? Well, serve them this fabulous little French wine and they will!

Write in and let me know, what’s your favorite wine and cheese pairing?


  1. Deena:Can't wait to try it!!!! Thanks for the tip!!!
  2. Megan:Thanks for the recommendation! While I love Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, I've been looking for a new wine to bring my hostesses. I'll definitely give this one a try!
  3. Crystal:Thanks for the suggestion :-). I'm always terrible at picking out wines, so I'll take all the help I can get!
  4. Rusty:Although I usually prefer beer and nuts, my favorite wine and cheese pairing is Brie and Meiomi Pinot Noir.
  5. Mary Kennon:Thanks so much for the great comments! Definitely give this wine a try and let me know your thoughts!
  6. AAmber Dee Ellis:Thanks for this article! I am NOT a wine drinker and don't know jack crap about it. I am glad to know that now I can have a great wine on hand for friends and guest, instead of Boone's Farm. I am a beer drinker and prefer it in a the bottle. I also like draft beer to go from Tap it Growlers.
  7. Harriett:I was introduced to a white wine from Argentina a few years ago and it quickly became one of my favorites! New Age, a blend of 10% Sauvignon Blanc and 90% Torrontes is great served alone or over ice with a slice of lime. It can usually be found for $9-$10/bottle at most groceries. I love to sip New Age while snacking on my favorite crackers covered in Palmetto Cheese Spread with Jalapenos (which is by far my favorite pimento cheese choice) and pepper jelly. This is a "no fuss" appetizer that can be readily available for any guests that drop by suddenly or just when you want a special "end of the day" treat!
    PS...I happen to adore Saint Andre as well!!