A Sommelier’s Insider Guide to the Food and Wine of Champagne and Paris

A Sommelier’s Insider Guide to the Food and Wine of Champagne and Paris

Take a look at one particular of France’s storied wine regions with a professional whose job it is to know the Champagne area inside of and out: Victoria James, at the time the youngest sommelier in the world. Now the director of beverage at Gracious Hospitality Administration, the cafe group driving Michelin-starred COTE, cocktail bar UNDERCOTE, and COTE Wine Club, James’s beverage applications have acquired a James Beard nomination for Remarkable Wine System two decades in a row. She has curated an itinerary of the only place in the planet in which Champagne is generated, loaded with acclaimed, generations-old vintners large and tiny. Then you are going to go to Paris’s Remaining Financial institution, exactly where Victoria will introduce you to some of its jewel-like wine bars, open up-air marketplaces, chocolatiers, and boulangeries.  

We start out our trip with time in Champagne, traveling to the planet-renowned Dwelling of Krug in Reims as effectively as some of the lesser relatives-owned wineries. And since there is extra to Champagne than its effervescent bubbly, you are going to dine at a mix of acclaimed dining establishments, which include Les Avizés in Champagne. You’ll also knowledge the café in Montmartre in which van Gogh would go to paint, as well as a handful of bistros serving the greatest food stuff of the area. Between culinary adventures, explore Gothic church buildings, UNESCO internet sites, and fossil-stuffed caves.

Of system, no trip to France would be entire without the need of a pay a visit to to Paris, in which you will drink wines with a perspective to French gastronomy. You are going to find out about French cheeses and sweets, examine out the make at the open up-air markets, and be released to some outstanding wines by some of Paris’s most exciting sommeliers.

With an itinerary that features significant encounters with vintners across Champagne and makers in Paris, this is a journey to be savored. 

A Parisian wine bar.Photograph by Ditte Isager


  • Encounter Champagne and Paris with Victoria James, a earth-renowned sommelier, as your guidebook.
  • Indulge in a assortment of tastings across the Champagne region, viewing the entire world-renowned Dwelling of Krug in Reims as effectively as modest spouse and children-owned wineries creating fantastic grower champagnes. 
  • Wine and dine at a assortment of acclaimed institutions, such as the fantastic eating cafe Les Avizés in Champagne, well-liked regional bistros, and a café in Montmartre where van Gogh went to paint. 
  • Tour the gardens and greenhouses at Le Garde Champêtre, a farm restaurant developed by famous restaurateur Juan Sanchez out of a passion for sustainable, neighborhood cuisine, then sit down to a farm-to-desk food. 
  • Visit artisanal producers from boulangeries to chocolatiers on a early morning tour of the open-air markets and food stuff purveyors of Paris’s Remaining Bank.
  • Attune your palate to the nuanced flavors of French cheeses—and study about the job of cheese in French culture and gastronomy—during an professional-led tasting practical experience in Paris. 

Pricing and Information

Go through on for the entire getaway itinerary. In the meantime, some essential information and facts:

  • Dates: November 5–11, 2023
  • Deposit: $500 for every traveler (demanded on scheduling to secure a spot)
  • Cost: $7,990 (double occupancy) $8,925 (one occupancy). Remember to be aware that airfare to and from the starting up and ending position of the system is not provided in the tour value. This gives vacationers most adaptability in employing frequent flier upgrades and picking out wanted airports with no constraints. Brokers are obtainable to support with reservations upon request.
  • Resorts: Reims’s Hôtel de la Paix (3 evenings) and Paris’s Hôtel Royal Saint Honoré (3 evenings)
  • To e-book your journey: Visit below or call 1-877-298-9677
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