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Champagne Region of France

VueveClicquot_label Lorie, Anne, and I just got back from a long weekend in the Champagne region of France and our highlight by far was our tour and tastings at Veuve Clicquot. It was a combination of the fact that we already like the champagne, we were looking forward to it, but also the brand management they have done for over 100 years, the strong female characters associated to the wine, their environmental approach to their business, and their old Roman-era chalk caves where they store much of the champagne. We were able to sample their La Grande Dame (very high end) and their demi-sec (extra sweet) and learned that Lorie and I really liked the sweet one, much like a dessert wine. We of course came home with our fair share of bottles to enjoy later. We also stayed at a great little bed and breakfast, saw a couple of small towns, checked out a couple of other vineyards, and sampled other brands of champagne…. I will explain all of that later after some sleep and catching up with work, and I’ll post some photos.  

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