Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

Of Grapes and Gaul

Vineyards in the Loire Valley, France (Julian Elliott/RobertHarding/Getty Images)
Childhood memories from French wine country





“Okay, then.”

This is a conversation I have frequently when discussing travel. It is, I have come to understand, the funhouse-mirror version of the reaction I inspire when I reveal that I enjoy NASCAR or college football or fried alligator — a “but you like this, therefore . . .” non sequitur that is irrational but deeply held.

“Should I not like France?” I like to ask.

“No, I mean, it’s just . . . well, it’s so . . . isn’t it?”

It is so, yes. It’s ineffable, unique, stubborn, and — to me — reassuringly familiar. At the crossing between Dover and

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