Quite an enjoyable story about travel along the Canal du Midi, the beauty, the history, and of course, the food and wine from the south of France. A couple of quick excerpts and link to the story at the Register Guard website:
There are more than 2,000 miles of canals in Europe. One of the most beautiful is the Canal du Midi in southern France that gently winds a path between historic hilltop towns, quaint villages and the vineyards of the Languedoc region - vineyards, vineyards and more vineyards.
All of us came to absorb the beauty and history of this part of France, to experience the cuisine and, of course, to sample as much wine as humanly possible. We batted a thousand.
Today, a good deal of wine from this region is still sold in bulk or is very ordinary, but that still leaves a huge amount of quality wines finding their way to the United States and your favorite wine retailer. The region was put on the world stage in 2005 when Wine Spectator magazine gave high marks to the wines of Gerard Bertrand, a man who continues to tout the region for its quality and value.