Following Mike’s jolly in the Languedoc – sorry, I mean of course, ‘work trip’ – and with thousands of us heading to France for our holiers, June’s competition will have you pointed in the right direction for your own bon voyage of sun, food and wine.
Cadogan Guides’ Languedoc-Roussillon 2012 edition explores the very best that this diverse area of France has to offer including the famous cassoulet and sausages in the ville rose of Toulouse, the medieval splendour of Carcassonne, lagoons full of oysters and flamingos, and houseboats lazing down the Canal du Midi, all punctuated by Roman ruins, Cathar castles and Gothic cathedrals. Oh, and they even tell you about the region’s 19 AOC wines (although we suggest you don’t try to sample them all in one day!).
And if the wine section isn’t sufficient, hopefully Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book will prove an adequate supplement. Now in its 35th edition, the 2012 edition conveniently features a new colour supplement on the wines of the South of France.
To help you on your bonne journée, we’ve included the AA’s Touring Map to the region, a super smart Jeep bumbag for your travel documents and valuables, and (from the wisdom of experience) an ‘Are we there yet?’ travel game for the kids – handy for that long car journey, or while you scoot in for the odd degustation on the way
Finally, just in case you don’t actually make it to the Languedoc this summer, we’ve two bottles of Moulin de Gassac to sample while you plan next year’s trip.
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