Heading for France in 2012? You Need This Map

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to spelunk through the wine caves of France in 2012?

Then you need the “Metro Wine Map of France” ($25), created by Dr. David Gissen, who is an architectural historian and wine enthusiast.

The map resembles a public transit map — you can take a look at it here (http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Wine-France-David-Gissen/dp/1936880040/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324297004&sr=1-1) — and that design approach helps put France’s wine regions into clear focus.

Dr. Gissen uses a different color to note each of his delineated regions:

  • The Loire Valley
  • Burgundy
  • The Rhone Valley
  • Provence and Corsica
  • Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Bordeaux
  • The south-west
  • Champagne, Alsace and Lorraine
  • Jura and Savoie

Appellations within each region are clearly marked, and the map also indicates each area’s key winegrape varieties.

A nice bonus is the wide array of architectural landmarks that are shown — selected by a man who knows about such things.

If you’re heading to France in the new year, think of this map as you would your American Express card: Don’t leave home without it.

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