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February 19, 2020
When I found out that the Champagne region of France is just a short 45-minute train ride from Paris, I knew I had to visit. I’ve been to Napa a few times and absolutely love visiting wineries and trying wine. And since champagne can only be called champagne if it’s from the region in France (and follows the specific process from vine to bottle), it’s a special thing to be able to experience. Plus, who doesn’t like champagne?
We decided to head to Reims on a morning train. We left super early (around 8am) and when we got to Reims, nothing was open yet. I definitely suggest sleeping in and heading to town a little bit later if you decided to make the day trip from Paris. But to tell you the truth–and I wish I had better news–it really wasn’t a great time. The food was far worse than anything we had in Paris and the tours were pretty disappointing and WAY too long. I mean, I like learning about the process, but a glass of champagne to drink along the way would have been nice. These people def weren’t tryna get turnt.
As far as taste, I did really love Mumm. Their brut rosé is amazing and they actually have another winery in Napa, which is cool. I bought a couple bottles that I’m still saving for a special occasion. Once cool thing that I did learn during a tour is that you should always store your champagne in a cool, dark place and most importantly, on its side. This helps keeps the carbonation in the bottle. if the cork gets dry, the bubbles can sneak out. Definitely a good thing to know!