French Fridays: Tasting the stars!

Mercier champagne on eatlivetravelwrite.comT’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!

Veuve Cliquot vineyards on eatlivetravelwrite.comOne 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!).

Vineyards around Champagne on eatlivetravelwrite.comWine 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.

Moet et Chandon tasting room on eatlivetravelwrite.comWant to know more? Check out my article about visiting the Champagne region over on The French Barn blog.

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4 Responses to French Fridays: Tasting the stars!

  1. Mr. Neil December 11, 2015 at 08:55 #

    And for those in other regions of France – remember many other areas produce wonderful sparkling. If called Cremant on the label, it indicates it’s made in the same method – though usually with grape varietals common to that particular region.

    For a piece of history, search out Blanquette de Limoux, a favourite bubbly from Limoux in the Languedoc Roussillon region in the south. (Which predates Champagne by over a century, by the way.)

    Mardi is right: everyone should drink more bubbly, and not save it strictly for special occasions. And increasingly, many regions of the world are making delightful sparkling of their own. (Spain, Italy [Franciacorta, not Prosecco], Australia [Tasmania], Canada and recently England amongst favourites.)

    But don’t comment saying I’ve skipped some….LOTS out there. 🙂


  2. Geoff December 12, 2015 at 00:25 #

    Oh yeah… I remember this. Wonderful region. Wonderful product.

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