When booking my trip to visit friends in Germany, I had no idea that I would be spending so much time in France, but it was to my delight that my friends suggested(with my full agreement)that we drink Champagne in Champagne. We arrived in Epernay on Friday, May 23rd and toured a couple of the bigger Champagne houses that day and enjoyed walking around town and Reims. On Saturday, Katya met us at our hotel and took us on a drive through the vinyards to the Abbey of Dom Perignon. It was an overcast day but the landscape was beautiful and there, she was very knowledgable about the region and walked us through some of the vinyards of the different kinds of grapes and the history of Champagne. We tasted Champagne at three different places, the last two, Maillart and Remy, were small and intimate. I bought a case of Maillart to ship home which promptly came in a couple of weeks. We did have a long drawn out, filling lunch, but it was absolutely delicious and of course, coming to France, I'd expect to savor everything gastronomic. I can't remember the name of the Restaurant, but even now, I can remember every course. Especially dessert! The Pinot Noir that we had with lunch was delicious. The only thing about our last tasting after lunch is that I was literally in a food coma, but loved walking around Remy's which was being renovated. So interesting to see buildings that are centuries old being re-purposed. My friends and I, over the weekend had been on several tours, but we were so glad we had done this one with La Vigne du Roy. It certainly surpassed all the others, everyone was so hospitable, knowledgable, warm and kind and Katya was a great guide who obviously has a deep love of what she does. Voila.
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