Travel Picks: Top 10 wine destinations

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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Everyone likes a nice glass of wine, but where does one go for the full oenophile experience? Men's website AskMen.com (www.askmen.com) offers its top 10 list of wine destinations for those keen to travel for the grape. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Burgundy, France

The ancient ocean beds that have receded to give life and fertile soil to the Beaune give Burgundy its depth and complexity. Like an ever-evolving maze, each sip of luscious Pinot Noir or clean, crisp Chardonnay lends itself to a bevy of adjectives and thoughts. The gem among the subclassifications of Burgundy is the Côte d'Or, or the "Golden Slope." The hillsides in Burgundy gather up the sun's rays, and paired with the nutrient-rich dried seafloor, give character to famous vineyards like Domaine Romanée-Conti, Vosne-Romanée and Chassagne-Montrachet.

2. Champagne, France

This is a region known not only for its quality but also its consistency. Big-name producers make both consistent house styles as well as single vintage products, and the quality is unrivaled. With a combination of steady prices and a surge of smaller producers who are meticulous about their quality -- like Pierre Gimonnet et Fils -- the region offers new products as the big names of Perrier Jouët, Dom Perignon and Moet & Chandon continue to provide classic styles that define elegance, sophistication and celebration.

3. Tuscany, Italy

The home of some of the most recognizable and consistent wines in the world, Tuscany produces such wines as Chianti Classico, Brunello, Carmignano, and the red blends known as Super Tuscans. (Due to the government regulation on the blending of wines, Super Tuscans do not have to adhere to a formula.) Tuscany embodies hard work, dedication and passion. The terroir and texture imbue Tuscan wines with a richness that stands out.

4. Bordeaux, France

No one region has had as much influence over the past century as Bordeaux. Creating everything from a wine culture to mythical vintages that garner more attention than some celebrities, these wines have set standards and tasting profiles worldwide. The two rivers that separate Bordeaux into "left bank" and "right bank" are the Garonne and the Dordogne. Merlot is the granddaddy here and lends its texture to historic wines like Pétrus and Château Ausone. Due to over production, many of the Châteaus are failing to make the same landmark wines they were able to in the early 2000s   Continued...

 
<p>A vineyard is seen at Nipozzano castle, one of Italy's Frescobaldi family estate, 30 km northeast of Florence in this picture taken October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi</p>