Just over two weeks ago, my husband and I landed in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport where we hopped aboard a TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse or, in English, France’s high-speed train) that sped south to France's eighth largest city, Montpellier. Since 1994, this vibrant city has hosted Vinisud, said to be "the showcase for the world's leading wine region," which, unbeknownst to me, is the Mediterranean. Over half of the world production of wine comes from Mediterranean countries. I had no idea. Or, rather, I hadn't thought about it. Considering which countries are along the Mediterranean, it should be no surprise that so much wine flows from these producers. Italy, France, and Spain are the largest wine producers in the world and at this expo, those countries are joined by winemakers from Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Algeria, and Morocco.
Over 900 exhibitors were pouring "Mediterranean" wine which, in the case of France, refers to wine from the country's southern regions: Languedoc-Roussillon, South-West, Pays d'Oc, Corsica, and, of course, Provence and the Rhône Valley. Exhibitors from these regions comprised about 80% of those at the expo. Provence WineZine (PWZ) was in the thick of it. [...]