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Wine Tasting in France for (Somewhat Jaded) Californians

mschuver | Aug 1, 201703:29 PM

My wife and I are taking our honeymoon in France in September-October, and I am hoping you lovely people can help us figure out where we should go tasting. Mind you, we fell in love in a French-focused wine class in college, so this is a romantically meaningful aspect of our planning. I'm including our itinerary below. We are somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to Bordeaux houses and Alsace, but less so with the varied subregions of Bourgogne. That said, please give me all your recommendations.

Specific recommendations as well as general tips would be greatly appreciated. I am particularly confused by how tasting works in Bourgogne. Do the negociants have tasting rooms in town? We are going to hit our amazing wine shop, Kermit Lynch, for some Bourgogne-specific advice, but if you can make me sound like less of an idiot, I would be eternally grateful.

The one thing I will note is that wine tasting is not novel to us. We regularly taste in Napa and Sonoma, and we'd like to avoid touristiness where possible, if that is an issue in France. I would imagine it is in Reims, at least. On the other hand, we would love to taste at some of the Grandes Maisons like Latour or Margaux, if that is an option. For Reims, I am thinking Ruinart, and maybe Veuve, although Veuve seems like it could be corny and not wine-focused enough. I am all about ambiance, but I don't need to watch a video before I taste. I was a little dismayed to discover that the Champagne tasting has gone the way of Napa tastings, where you have to put down some serious money to try the good stuff. But, c'eat la vie, it's our honeymoon, and we love wine. Thanks in advance!!

>> 1 night in Reims

>> 2-3 nights in Strasbourg

>> 2-3 nights in Dijon

>> 1-2 nights in Lyon

>> 1 night in Annecy

>> 2 nights in Durdogne

>> 2-3 nights in Bordeaux

>> 1 night somewhere in the Loire or Normande?

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