French Words

Le Grand Courtâge translates to “The Great Courtship”, making them the perfect meaningful detail for celebrations of love and friendship! Both award-winning sparkling varieties plus our Provence style rosé (Très Chic),  score  90+ points and are affordably priced under $25, so you can serve or gift-quality wines to elevate life’s moments and add a touch of elegance on any budget. Check out our entertain page for more DIY entertaining ideas.

There’s just something about the French language that adds romance and elegance when we encounter it in the wild. It suggests sophistication, inspires style, and reminds us of the French spirit of joie de vivre (joy of life). 

Here are ten of our favorite French vocabulary words to incorporate into your repertoire for elevating the everyday!

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Instead of using the terms dinner party or girl’s night, why not use the French soirée, meaning an evening party or gathering, typically in a private house, for conversation or music. Don’t forget to serve fabulous cocktails and food pairings! ;).  Or learn how to create the perfect DIY mimosa bar for your soirée here.

Oh La La

Okay, this is more of an expression than a vocabulary word, but one of our favorites nonetheless because of its versatility and ways to interject in the same way that you may use OMG!


When giving a compliment to a friend or family member’s outfit or new hairstyle, replace “cute” or “great”  with chic, meaning elegant and stylishly fashionable. Especially if the look is on-trend or a timeless classic! This inspired our Très Chic Rosé, built on the fashionable, Southern France lifestyle.

En Route

Running behind? Arrive truly fashionably late by using the French ‘en route’  instead of  “on my way!” 


Pronounced “Sa-loo” swap out the tired “cheers” and opt for Salut! , defined as a French expression used to express friendly feelings toward one’s companions before drinking. Toast with a fun, sparkling cocktail by browsing our curated cocktail booklets, with dozens of recipes hand-picked by our team!


Used to describe new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them, celebrate bold, off-the-beaten-path ideas by rebranding and referring to them as avant-garde.


French for dear or sweetheart: used in referring to or addressing a woman or girl. Mon Cherie can be used as a term of endearment for friends, family, or lovers.


A French tradition of an alcoholic drink taken before a meal stimulates the appetite. Since they’re meant to open up the palate rather than overwhelm it, aperitifs are light and crisp, like sparkling wine. Read more about the art of the apéritif here.


Translating to mean an expert judge in matters of taste, traditionally in the fine arts or cuisine. In modern times, we are free to compliment friends on their expertise of any kind by referring to them as a connoisseur.


French for kisses, this salutation is widely used as a parting line at the end of a letter or phone call. Consider pausing the “XO” or  “Love” at the end of your notes and replace with bisous. This makes for a great conversation piece for your next encounter!

For more inspiration on the French lifestyle of joie de vivre, follow us on Pinterest for curated ways to elevate every day with wine cocktails, top food pairings, entertaining tips, a curated gift guide, and more!

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