of the Champagne
region in France produce one of the most coveted of wines.
sparkling wines that are grown in the chalky, limestone rich soil
of this area are allowed to use the name "Champagne"
and no sparkling wine from another area can claim that prestigious
of the well known names to buy for your party or special occasion
is much easier if you know a little about the wine and its history.
How the grape vines that began growing in this region centuries
ago were brought to perfection as Champagne makes for a
the real interest is drinking the results. The best way to decide
which Champagne label to choose is to check with the experts,
and you'll find a few of them offering their opinions just up ahead.
A glass of
Champagne never tastes as wonderful as it does when you sip it
in the tasting rooms of one of the great Champagne houses. If
you are planning a trip to France, the Champagne region is a short,
and very pretty, train ride from Paris.
Whether you visit Mumm,
Moët & Chandon, Roederer, Taittinger or any of the more famous name, a tour is fascinating and the tasting at the end is guaranteed
to present you with several of the top champagnes to purchase for your trip home.
As the villages
of the Champagne region also have magnificent architecture and
delicious food to enjoy as you sip, linger a while to savor one of life's rich pleasures.
In the end, the extra time you take may save you from the same fate as Lord Keynes, whose famous last words were ... I wish I'd drunk more Champagne! ...
More information about Champagne and its vineyards around the Web:
Champagne - Go on a virtual tour of the vineyards of Champagne
through the seasons where you can see the grapes emerge from winter
sleep through harvesting, along with many videos and brochures, listings of
the cellars that allow visitors and the major champagne houses,
sections on how to taste and serve wine with many other tourist resources and information on the region.
Wine Doctor - Champagne - Nice overview of champagne that
starts with the grapes and walks you through the processes that
make the finished product. Spotlights on some of the top houses
include the origins of Roederer's Cristal and a good
selection of tasting notes.