|Photos thanks to super photographer Buffalo Dave Knox|
The Champagne region of France has it all: beautiful vineyards, sublime small producer champagne, possibility for intimate conversations with growers... add to this an easy bike ride in 28/75 degree temperatures and you have the perfect summer day!
We started off our day renting bikes in Epernay and planning out our route. For this trip we were going to try Epernay-Chouilly-Avize. About 40 minutes total of biking. Through the center of Epernay and off to our first little charming visit and first small producer.
This first Champagne house was a small producer which was just a husband and wife operation! We parked our bikes right outside her tasting room and anxiously walked in ready for the tasting to begin. Chouilly is a town that is Grand Cru and specializes in Blanc de Blanc growing mainly Chardonnay grapes. We started off tasting the brut and then moved onto the Brut Grand Reserve which was truly delicious. Notes of honey and summer fruits. I had to buy some, I mean at 14 euros a bottle I just couldn't resist. Next was off to Avize where we had a little picnic and then were off to a few more small producers.
All in all it was a great, relaxing day and I think we were all thankful to be out in the sun on our little bikes and out of the car :) I'm just starting to add this biking trip with clients of Tasy Side to Life Tours http://www.tastysidetolifetours.com.
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