“If you go once, you’ll never need to go again.”

This is what the owner of our favorite LA french restaurant told us about Champagne.

He was right!


I had already been on the ultimate Parisian day trip of Versaille, so we decided a stop at Champagne would be a great choice.

It was also v on brand now with the theme of our trip.

Engaged, and still sick, we arrived in the Champagne region.

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There was not a soul in the town (Épernay).

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Perhaps because it was freezing, and people should not have been outside.

Alas, we were not going to let a little frostbite discourage us from finding Dom Perignon.

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We headed to Hautvillers (15 minutes from Épernay) went to the famous abbey, hit up a few tasting rooms, had a cheese lunch, all before arriving for our Moet Chandon tour back in Épernay.

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My recommendations for visiting Champagne:

  1. Do not go in the Winter. If you do, wear a long Patagonia puffer. Or some type of GOT coat.

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2. Hire a driver. Get the contact info for one of the cabs at the train station, and they’ll gladly be on call since UBERS do not exist.  We almost missed our Moet tour because we could not get a cab from our cheese lunch.

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3. Visit Hautvillers for the quaint tasting rooms that overlook the vineyards. Go to the tourist center and grab a map, and just wander.

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4. Do the Moet Chandon tour. If you are claustrophobic, drink a bottle of champagne before.

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The Greatest Hits

Moet Chandon

Au 36


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