T’is the season… for bubbles! One of the things I love most about the holidays is how people tend to drink a little more Champagne. Personally, I feel that Champagne should be enjoyed anytime of year, not just for special occasions – I mean, it DOES go with everything!
One of my favourite “side trips” from Paris has to be visiting the Champagne region around Reims and Epernay. It’s just 45 minutes from Paris by train but a whole other world away. Great for a long weekend or a more in-depth exploration of the region too, it’s a great place to visit with friends (helps to share the designated driver duties too!).
Wine has been produced in this region for centuries; however, the wine we now know (and love!) as Champagne wasn’t produced until the late 17th century, when winemakers (who had been trying hard to develop techniques which would improve their wines’ flavour and reduce their effervescence!) stopped worrying about their bubbly wine and embraced the them. This was the start of the Champagne-producing industry we know today.
Want to know more? Check out my article about visiting the Champagne region over on The French Barn blog.