France produces more fine wine than any other nation and, not surprisingly, has influenced wine producers from all over the globe for centuries. It was in France that much of the industry's international terminology was born, including the First Growth classification structure and the notion of Terroir. The belief that the synergy between soil, exposure and slope shapes a wine's character and influences its quality led to Appellation Controlee-a system often copied throughout the world. Wine is an integral part of the French culture, and as would be expected in a country so enthralled with gastronomy, is an irreplaceable part of the pleasures of the French table. Cognac is also a true French icon, with only grapes grown in the Cognac region used to make one of the world's most prized spirits.