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Snooth User: Philip James

Champagne tour suggestions

Posted by Philip James, Mar 25, 2008.

Am thinking of doing a driving tour with my family through Champagne (before global warming makes all the wineries move their vineyards to southern england). Of course we'll go see a few of the famous names, but is there a better way of doing it? A classic route? A way to unearth some hidden gems?

How about some tasting rooms, with smaller crowds, but friendly owners/staff?

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 27, 2008.

Partly because both regions are hardly large enough to merit their own guide books, Champagne and Alsace are often lumped together. Having done Alsace and thoroughly enjoyed it, if you have the time I'd suggest doing the double (although going to Germanic-France is probably every older Englishman's definition of hell).

These 2 guides will help you plan where to go and where to stay. I think you will want to check out both Reims and Epernay.
http://www.amazon.com/Clarkes-Compa...
http://www.amazon.com/Michelin-Gree...

Make sure to see a large producer first... so that you can benefit from their cellar tour and understand the Methode Traditionelle. Then its time to visit the little guys. The CIVC is a very good resource and they should help steer you towards who is eager to receive visitors.
http://www.champagne.com/en_indx.html
http://www.champagne.us/index.cfm?p...

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Reply by John Andrews, Mar 31, 2008.

Thanks for the links ... I'll _hopefully_ be in Champagne for a few days in September and this info is great!

I assume bookings are required in Champagne? If so, how far in advance? Does anyone know?


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