The Wines of France
In some years, France ranks second to Italy in terms of overall wine production. But wine lovers still consider France to be the world’s leading producer of fine wines. Here’s why:
- France was the first country to export wine commercially on a broad scale. As a result, French wines are recognizable around the world.
- Historically, France has been the traditional leader in quality and reputation. The very best French wines continue to be highly prized by connoisseurs. And they’re among the most expensive wines in the world.
- The classic wines of France have set the style for many fine wines that are now produced in other countries of the world.
- The French system of appellation laws has been the basis for the appellation laws in other European countries.
- There are more world-famous winegrowing regions in France than in any other country.
From sunny Provence to the breezy banks of the Southern Rhône, you'll find a carafe of wine at the table for lunch and dinner--and with a fresh baguette and a wedge of cheese, which many people enjoy in the late afternoon. So sit down with your own fresh bread, spread a slice with brie, and enjoy a glass of delicious French wine. There's no need for fancy stemware: Your favorite rustic water glass will do just fine.