Champagne Tasting in Champagne

April is one of the best times to come to Champagne, before the season really gets going, and if you’re a champagne enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to be at one of four of the best and most dynamic champagne tastings taking place this year.

The first is the Terroirs et Talents de Champagne and  takes place in Epernay on  Sunday 13th and 14th April at the Restaurant Au  Théatre. In no particular order (!) Champagne producers taking part at this tasting will include:

From La Montagne de Reims:

  • Aspasie
  • Maxime Blin
  • Penet Chardonnet

From La Côte des Blancs:

  • de Sousa
  • André Jacquart
  • Vazart Coquart

From La Vallée de la Marne:

  • Janisson Baradon
  • Michel Loriot
  • Sélèque

And Jacques Copinet from Le Sézannais
and  Coessens from further south in La Côte des Bar

To book your place at this event, simply email: terroirs.et.talents@gmail.com

Your next date is on  Monday 14th for the Terres et Vins de Champagne at the
Hotel Castel Jeanson, Ay, and in no particular order,  the champagnes being presented at this tasting will include:

  • Horiot
  • Agrapart
  • Françoise Bedel
  • Bérche
  • Francis Boulard
  • Chartogne-Taillet
  • Couche
  • Doquet
  • René Geoffroy
  • Etienne Goutourbe
  • Jeauneaux-Robin
  • Benoit Lahaye
  • Laherte Fréres
  • Tarlant
  • Leclapart
  • Franck Pascal
  • Hubert Paulet
  • Pouillon & Fils

Go here to book your place at this event (the picture is from last year’s event, sadly)

http://www.terresetvinsdechampagne.com/home/formulaire.php

Go to Formulaire d’Inscription

And third is Les Artisans du Champagne on 15th April at Chateau Les Crayeres, Reims.  You’ll be able to meet and chat with these producers there:

  • Maillard
  • Paillard
  • Savart
  • Huré
  • Hébrard
  • Gerbais
  • Doyard
  • JL Vergon
  • Alfred Gratien
  • Margaine
  • Vilmart
  • Lancleot Pienne
  • Dehours
  • Gonet Médeville

You’ll need to go here to get yourself into this event:

http://www.lesartisansduchampagne.com/

Go to Inscription en Lignes,

And finally, on the 16th April, David Pehu and his group will be presenting their champagnes, venue to be confirmed.

Well, if that’s not a great selection of small producers, I don’t know what is! Looking forward to seeing you in Champagne in April.

Stay Bubbly!

Special Autumn Getaway Deals in Champagne

Looking for a short break before Christmas?

  • Need to find some original and special Christmas presents?
  • Running low on champagne, and want to stock up for those parties?
  • Just want to get away from all the stress and relax?

You’re in the right place.  From now until the 19th December 2011, you can now book 2 nights’ midweek accommodation plus a 2 course dinner with champagne for just 185 euros for the two of you.  (Normal price 230 euros – giving you a massive 20% saving!) Enter the code SPECIAL11 in the comments box when you book online.

Go here to check availability and book online or

Email me at yvonne@yvonnehalling.com or call me on

0033 326 48 20 52 – places are limited so hurry!

Stroll around the magical Christmas market in Reims, and find something truly unique and original for that special person.

Cheeses, chocolates, gifts, music and champagne – what more could you want?

Visit us here to see more about the house, the village and the accommodation.  Looking forward to welcoming you to your home from home in the heart of Champagne, France

Reims Wine Festival

Once again the wonderful annual Wine Festival has arrived in Reims, and we didn’t miss this chance to go take a look and meet some new people.  Every year, this wine festival gets bigger and bigger with more and more exhibitors and wine enthusiasts.  And it’s not surprising when you see the range on offer and the incredible prices. Over 300 winemakers from all over France gather in Reims on the second weekend of November to offer their latest wines and network with potential partners and customers.

Spending the whole day here is not out of the question, but you’d have to “spit” instead of “swallow” if you wanted to remain standing!  With foie-gras sandwiches and oysters and chips, finishing off with hand-make chocolates and matured cheeses, it’s a gastronomic delight for foodies and wine lovers alike.

Put the date in your diary to come on down next year.  Stock up on your wines and champagnes for Christmas and New Year, or simply enjoy the atmosphere and the passion of the participants.  A “must” in the diary!