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!
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 for MNUI travel insurance and on his own travel photo blog, Travel Feeder.