By champagnediscovery, Jun 3 2014 6:27PM
If you are travelling to the Champagne region and after a little help, be sure to check out our "Route Touristique" section where you can find a number of helpful maps. Those produced for individual towns such as Reims and Epernay plus a few villages; include the exact location of champagne houses as well as notable shops and restaurants. We also have a number of maps of the main vineyard areas with suggested touring routes.
After a little inspiration for a place to stay? Check out our "Stay at a Champagne House" page for that more authentic champagne experience!
Lee and Gita
By champagnediscovery, Feb 25 2014 4:12PM
Now our “cellar” only comprises of bottles either bought direct from the producer or from one or two of our favourite shops, every time we open a bottle we get a lot more than the rather nice drink inside. We get to reminisce of a wonderful trip and of the friendly, generous and not to mention talented people whom we have met.
We have been very lucky, having been able to meet so many lovely Champenoises during our visits which have provided us with a host of amazing memories. On our most recent trip, I got to mix two of my favourite things in life – champagne and classic cars. Having “liked” a Facebook photograph of a rather pretty Citroën Traction Avant belonging to Dominique, a grower/producer of Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot, we made contact to arrange a visit.
The visit turned out to be far more memorable than we could have imagined. Dominique, his wife (also named Dominique) and their gorgeous collie Dixie took us for a tour of their vineyards around the Premier Cru village of Vrigny to the west of Reims in that super little Citroën Traction Avant. The car was originally bought by Dominique’s grandfather in 1954 and only had 18,000 (mainly vineyard) kilometres on the clock. To be able to see (and sample) old Pinot Meunier vineyards planted by Grandpère whilst travelling in his car was quite an experience.
The hospitality didn’t stop there as once we returned to the winery we were treated to a tasting of various vin clairs and Coteaux Champenois as well as several of the finished articles. Dominique and Dominique are such lovely, warm and generous people who continue to bring happiness to our lives through their champagnes and the great memories they left us with.
Lee and Gita
By champagnediscovery, Oct 24 2012 2:05PM
Welcome to our website. My wife and I are Champagne enthusiasts who love both the wine and the region. We have been touring the area for the last fifteen years, as often as our funds have allowed! We are not professionals but ordinary, working people who have simply become immersed in our passion.
Getting on for ten years now, we have been focusing our attention on the hidden gems, the artisans of Champagne. Those smaller, quality conscious producers and grower-producers (domaines) who create excellent wines that are also great value for money.
Like many people we are becoming more interested in the provenance of our food and drink and champagne is no exception. It is now quite commonplace to find producers who work organically and biodynamically.
We are always on the look-out for the next new houses and cuvées to excite our senses. This website will hopefully share some of our experiences and arduous tasting expeditions!
Regular contributors to the Champagne-Ardenne forum on Tripadvisor, we can be found hiding behind the moniker: PsychoWarthog.
We hope you enjoy the site and will follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also contact us via the ‘Contact & Links’ tab on the homepage. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible and are happy to answer any questions or help with trip ideas.
Lee and Gita
"Don't wait for that special occasion to drink Champagne. Create that special occasion by drinking Champagne".
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