This narrow strip in the southern, center of France is about 60 miles long and not more than 5 miles wide. It is cut in two by the soil and climate changes making the Rhone almost two regions in one. The northern section is best known for long-lived red wines from predominately the Syrah grape: Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, St. Joseph and Cornas, as well as a fragrant white, Condrieu from the Viognier grape. The south is famous for the full-bodied Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas and the light Rosés from Tavel. Wines labeled Côtes du Rhone come from the south and are a blend of 5-10 different varieties from the region. In recent years, many Côtes du Rhone reds are being discovered by Americans for both flavor and value. Very little white Rhone wine is made, but most that is produced is lovely.