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GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: Jura, France

Anchor your vacation in the enjoyment of fine wine and fresh cheese, and it’s hard to go wrong; choose Jura over Bordeaux or Burgundy, and you’re virtually guaranteed an unforgettable trip. Until recently, France’s smallest wine country had largely evaded the oenophile tourist trade, due to its remote location and more challenging vin jaunes. But recent attention from top U.S. sommeliers has put the tiny medieval-era region on everyone’s radar.

In addition to once-in-a-lifetime wine tasting, Jura is known for rolling green hills set with sparkling lakes, dramatic mountain vistas, rustically rich cuisine and raw-milk Comté cheese—which, incidentally, are also the ideal ingredients for a world-class cycling vacation. Cycling from one cozy B&B to the next is the perfect way to burn off any excess calories you might consume...and the perfect way to immerse oneself in the local environment.

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