Fred DuFour/Agence France-Presse- Getty ImagesThe New York Times reports that France is taking dramatic steps to increase French wine sales, most notably by attempting to re-categorize wine as food. This would enable French wine makers to avoid advertising restrictions currently placed on alcohol, including a prohibition on television and radio advertising.

most French people it polled already consider wine a food, if it is defined as "a substance with nutritive components absorbed by the digestive tube."

Well, that kind of takes the romance out of French wine, n'est-ce pas? Gothamist recommends that you determine for yourself if French wine should, in fact, be considered a food. Perhaps over lunch. The following two upcoming wine events focus on different regions of France:
Summer in Provence featuring the wines of Domaines Ott at Provence Restaurant, July 29, 7 pm, Provence Restaurant, $75.
The Best of the Loire, 6:30 pm, August 3rd, Warwick Hotel, $170.

And if those are beyond your price range, check out Epicurious for a list of French wines under $10.