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Win a two-day trip for two to a French wine region

The wine regions of France are laid out like a lush, green tapestry. The richest colours and best vines are woven into the fabric of the country’s river valleys, tucked into the curves of its coastlines and laid along the slopes of its mountain ranges. France is a country of wine, but each region has its own distinct style.

France’s winemaking is intrinsically linked to the land. The French have a word, 'terroir', that sums up the effect that the specific area has on the flavour of its wine. One region and its wine, produce and dishes will be markedly different from that of another region. Travellers to Alsace are struck by its architecture and food – so different from the thyme- and lavender-scented hills of the Fitou wine region, or the busy Mediterranean port of Montpellier.

Indeed, many would argue that there’s no such thing as ‘French food’, that there are innumerable regional styles that together make up the national cuisine. The same could be said for ‘French wine’. There’s no single, defining French wine. But take the time to get to know each region’s wine style, and you’ll have a richer, clearer picture of the ‘French wines’ that add up to make ‘French wine’.
Susan Low

For a chance to win a two-day trip for two to a French wine region simply answer the question below.

The prize includes return travel on Eurostar and High Speed Train from St Pancras, hotel transfers, 2 nights half-board hotel accommodation, a visit to a leading local wine producer plus a tutored wine tasting session.

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Closing date: Sunday June 15 2008

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