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France Travel Series : My French Wine Trail Fantasy

Next month I will step on French ground the second time. I still remembered when I was still an undergraduate studying in UK, learning how to taste and differentiate various makes of wine around the world had naturally become our extra-curriculum during the weekend.

From some of those little experience gathered, French wine had become my choice of wine, even until now. Since then I’ve been dreaming to have a chance to track down the French wine making regions to taste every one of them.

I missed out on that 13 years ago because of limited budget. Due to the short period of rushing tour to Europe next month, I’m going to missed it again, for the second time!

Which wine regions of France I would hope to visit one day? What would be my favorite French wine trail of all? Here is my top 5 dreamed itinerary:

1. Firstly, I’m going to start off from Bordeaux in South Western France. Bordeaux is one of the world’s most famous wine region on the Atlantic coast of france. Being a red wine region, Bordeaux produces wines from various main types of grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and large quantities are being exported.

2. Next stop would be Loire valley in Western France. Mainly white wine are being produced here, the largely known grape variety here is the Sauvignon Blanc.

3. After tasting both Bordeaux’s red and Loire’s white wine, I’m going to visit another world’s famous french wine region, Champagne. Located in Eastern France, Champagne produces… Champagne, the nickname of sparkling wine we used to see in many celebration parties.

4.  Started from the West to East, I would continue my French wine trail by traveling to the South of France. From the commercial orientated Bordeaux red and the Loire white, to the home of sparkling wine, champagne, I would drop by Burgundy on the way to Southern France to taste some of the top-notch quality French red and white wine which cost more than a car per bottle!

5.  Lastly, in the Southern region of Provence, the warmest wine region of France, I will also taste some of the great red wines in the region with its reputation being the close competitor to the traditional wine region of Bordeaux.

To end this French wine trail fantasy, I wish I could spend a wonderful night in the beautiful city of Nice. What a nice french fantasy!

Photo Credits : ClatieKFlashpackingLife

Cecil Lee is an avid traveler who is also a passionate travel blogger and travel photographer living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He writes about travel on his travel photo blog, Travel Feeder.


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    Loulou
    May 5th, 2010

    You should come to the Languedoc and experience the Minervois, Saint Chinian and Coteaux du Languedoc wines. Our village of 418 people has 8 winemakers!

    Where in France will you be traveling? Any chance we can meet up?

    Hi Loulou! I think Cecil has left already, so I don’t think he will see this unless he checks the post. Thanks for sharing that info about your area – and you can bet I’ll meet up with you on my next trip ;)

    .-= Loulou´s last blog ..La Fête du Fromage – Tarentais =-.

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    Frenchholiday
    May 6th, 2010

    The Loire is known for its fresh Chenin white wines and Cabernet Franc reds too. If you are visiting the Loire, here is more detail.

    http://frenchholiday.co.uk/gastronomy/wine

    It’s a vast region for wine, and perhaps the one with the greatest variety, whites, reds, rose and sparkling wines.

    Thanks for sharing Jean. I can’t wait to *do* the Loire Valley :)

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    regina
    May 6th, 2010

    Ahh, envy! Lovely post!

    Thanks for popping by, Regina. I’m also down for any trip that involves wine…

    .-= regina´s last blog ..Mbrella Mbrella =-.

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