When your riverboat cruises past road signs that remind you of high-priced bottles in a fancy wine store, you know you are in France.
A week on the 190-passenger Viking Forseti, for instance, begins and ends in Bordeaux, a city in the center of one of the world’s great grape-growing regions.
On a voyage last spring, the Forseti floated by Margaux and vineyard-laden fields of villages with names that end in Medoc. One night, we tied up in Pauillac, home of Latour, Châteaux Lafite Rothschild, and Mouton Rothschild. Other days, guided tours slipped past Pomerol and Graves. We walked the medieval lanes of Saint-Emilion and Cadillac, and tasted the sweet products of Sauternes.
For wine enthusiasts, a vacation in Bordeaux is like letting kids loose in a candy store -- so much wine, so little time.