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Please help plan trip to Burgundy

indiefoodie | Apr 18, 2015 11:01 PM

Hello, I posted this in the 'wine' section but wasn't sure how many locals visit so decided to post here. A friend and I are planning a 2 day visit to the Burgundy area. We've enjoyed some Burgundies in the U.S. but are amateurs when it comes to the technicalities of wine. This is our first time visiting France. Unfortunately, we do not speak French. We arrive early morning on a Thursday and leave Saturday morning. I don't think we want to rent a car because both of us want to be able to taste and have wine. I have a few questions and would really appreciate some help :)

- We are currently planning to stay in Dijon since a few people mentioned that Beaune is very touristy (and expensive) nowadays. However, a lot of the vineyards that I've read about seem to be around Beaune so I'm having second thoughts about staying in Dijon. Any thoughts? Also, from what I read, it seems like Côte de Nuits specializes in red Pinot Noirs & Côte de Beaune in white Chardonnays. Out of these, we would like to concentrate more on the former.

- If we do not rent a car, is there a way to get from Dijon to Beaune? Once you're there, can you just walk around?

- Which places to go to and how to organize it?

* On Thursday, I was thinking about doing something ourselves and then a tour on Friday.

* I've requested a visit to Louis Jadot on Thursday an am waiting to hear back. From their website, it seems like that starts at 3:00 PM. Any suggestions on other places to go to before/after that? Maybe some smaller producers for a nice mix? I was also thinking of Jean Chartron in Puligny Montrachet but am unsure about transportation and if it's worth it.

* I found a whole bunch of tours but am having a hard time figuring out a) if we should take a tour and b) if we should, then which one? The ones that I've looked at so far:

http://www.heartofwines.com/uk/
http://www.thehiddenfrance.com/
http://www.bourgogne-avec-chauffeur.c...
http://www.frenchwineroutes.com/conta...
http://www.detours-in-france.com/
http://www.authentica-tours.com/
http://www.burgundybyrequest.com/

* In Dijon, I wanted to check out Chez Bruno. Is that recommended?

I apologize for how disorganized and open-ended the above sounds. Just having a hard time planning this out. Thank you for your help!

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