Would you like to understand French wine a little better? Do you get confused and tripped up by the regions, appellations, fancy French names that all run together after a bottle or two? Yes, me too. Well, this brilliant map is a great aid for understanding the wine regions of France a little better — here, they're laid out like a metro map, and it really works!
This map shows all the major wine regions of France and their appellations in their relative locations, with major grape varieties shown in context with their corresponding appellations. You can see all this data at a glance — so much easier than reading through lists in a book! They even note major geographical features and architectural landmarks.
The map was designed by one architectural historian and wine buff Dr. David Gissen, and he argues for the essential urban nature of wine, even in country villages: "I believe that French wine (like all EU wine) was born in and through villages, towns and cities. From my perspective it's completely urban."
• Read more: France underground: a wine map meets Metro map at Dr. Vino
The poster is 18 x 24 inches, and printed on heavyweight acid-free matte paper.
• Find it: Metro Wine Map of France, $24.95 at De Long Wine Discovery Tools
Related: Exploring Some of France's Lesser-Known Wonderful Wines
(Images: De Long Company)