Wine Cruising
A Guide to Wines along the Canal du Midi in Southern France

Cover image of Wine Cruising, a guide to wines along the Canal du Midi


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by Kathy and Davis Folsom

Cruising the Canal du Midi in Southern France is a romantic escape, a journey into history, a gastronomic delight, an opportunity to move very slowly and a wine lover’s paradise. This book grew out of our curiosity and love of wine. Wine Cruising was created to make the wine experience while the cruising the Canal more meaningful and fun.

“I have lived temperately… I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half of wine a day and even treble it with a friend.”

Thomas Jefferson (who cruised the Canal in 1787)

Chapter 1 — Getting Excited: Wines along the Canal
They Have Been Drinking Wine Here for a Long Time!
Thomas Jefferson’s Cruises on the Canal du Midi
The Taste of the Garrigue

Chapter 2 — Understanding the Basics about Wines along the Canal

Appellations along the Canal du Midi; Pichet, Piquet, and Peniche
Pronouncing Midi Wines; Muscat, Muscadet, and Muscadine
An Encouraging Word about Rosés

Chapter 3 — Western Canal du Midi: Toulouse to Carcassonne
Cabardés, Limoux, Côtes de Malepère

Chapter 4 — Central Canal du Midi: Carcassonne to the Canal de la Robine and Bézierz
Minervois, Corbières, Fitou, Saint-Chinian, Faugères

Chapter 5 — Eastern Canal du Midi: Bézierz to Etang du Thau and the Mediterranean Coast

Côteaux du Languedoc, Pic St.-Loup, Picpoul de Pinet, Muscat
Gourmet Wines to look for along the Canal

Chapter 6 — Wine Wisdom, Whimsey and Witticisms for Cruising the Canal
Did human evolution result in the instinctual attraction to wine?
Is there wine in your gas tank? Competition from down under?

Other Resources for Wine Cruising, Grapes and More about Grapes!
Describing Wine in French, Reading a French Wine Label, and Reading a French Wine List

Kalmia Publications, 2018. 112 pages, with photos, maps, wine labels. No ads. Included are “Wine Alerts”, tasting notes, our favorites, and much more.

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