We had a couple of days in Paris one summer. It was our first trip to France and we couldn’t resist the urge to head into the countryside. So booked a TGV fast train to Reims. The aim: to drink champagne in the Champagne Region. One of many items on my bucket list.
I booked us in to a tour of Verve Cliquot, as I was reading about the Cliquot Widow. I was really interested to see part of the empire she created as a young single woman in the 18th-century. Her entrepreneurship and strength is testament to what you can achieve with perseverance (and a bit of luck).
The tour took us into the old chalk caverns that had been converted to house rows and rows of champagne. At the end of the tour we got to drink champagne! It was lovely to sample of some of their delicious bubbles, and of course, make a purchase.
We spent the night at Villa Eugine in Epernay. Just up the street from Moët & Chandon, Louis Roederer , Tattinger, Mumm and Pommery. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to drink champagne at the other houses. We did go to a local restaurant, where the waiter didn’t speak English (and we didn’t speak French), but we were able to fumble our way through. When the dishes started to come out, we weren’t sure at first what we had ordered, particularly when a whole bottle of wine came out. I thought I’d ordered half a bottle of wine, and had thought to myself, geez, if this is a half bottle, what’s a full bottle, a magnum! But it was just me not being able to ask for a half bottle correctly. I was able to order the bill in French though.
What’s on your bucket list?
A short and indulgent weekend, but one I hope to repeat again.