The stereotypical Frenchman may no longer start the day with a shot of red wine to "tuer le ver" (kill the worm) followed by an espresso, but France is one of the top ten alcohol-consuming countries in the world. Wine, predictably, is the favorite tipple and there are dozens of wine-producing regions throughout France.
Wines in France are generally named after the location of the vineyard rather than the grape varietal, and there are strict regulations governing where, how and under what conditions grapes are grown.
Here are 7 picks adapted from Lonely Planet's "Top 10 spots to pop a cork in France." Text and captions courtesy of Lonely Planet.