The Rhone's sweeping bend past Tain l'Hermitage, seen from the top of the Hermitage hill at La Chappelle.|
Photos by Robin Garr
Photos and articles coming soon.
Like so many great world wine regions, the Rhone Valley is defined - both literally in its name and geologically - by the course of a great river.
From the historic city of Lyon, where the river already is large enough to support one of France's major inland ports, down past the villages of
|Avignon's landmark Palais des Papes, the 14th century home of the papacy.|
In the Northern Rhone, Syrah is the dominant red grape and Marsanne and Viognier lead the white-varietal parade. In the South, it's a symphony of grapes, with Grenache taking the fore in the reds and Marsanne, Roussanne and a broad cast of characters in the relatively less common whites.
I've recently spent a week in the Northern and Southern Rhone, touring the region's top wineries and dining in a selection of its fine restaurants. In the near future, I'll publish my full wine-travel diary and photo gallery of that trip in these pages. Check in periodically!
As in our past tours, our friends and associates with French Wine Explorers, sommeliers-conseils Lauriann Greene-Sollin and Jean-Pierre Sollin, organized a flawless itinerary filled with excellent food and wine, first-rate winery visits and luxury accommodations.
We'll very likely take another wine tour in France with French Wine Explorers in 2005. If you'd like me to send you a personal note with more information when we have it, please let me know by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll put you on the list.
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