September 26th, 2014 - by Pei Yeng

Harvest in Champagne region 2014

private champagne tour harvest

After few weeks of hard work, the harvest in Champagne region has finally ended this week.

This year the grapes are well ripen, healthy and juicy. Overall, the vine growers have a good yield and the wine makers think that 2014 will make a good vintage. Read more…

September 23rd, 2014 - by Pei Yeng

Private Champagne tours from Paris

Private Champagne tours from Paris

If visiting Paris for a few days, you shouldn’t miss the world famous Champagne-producing region that lies only 160km (100 miles) away.

Everybody knows the historical, romantic and cosmopolitan side of Paris, but very less people take time to discover its surrounding Champagne region and quaint vineyards. Right at the outskirts of Paris, one can visit impressive underground chalk cellars, meet wine makers to understand the Champagne-making processes, and discover different types of locally produced Champagne. Read more…

April 3rd, 2014 - by Pei Yeng

Pruning and blending

Paris Champagne Day Tour - discovering future Champagne rosé

This winter was very mild. We could say that we didn’t have winter at all!

At the beginning, most of the wine growers were worry that the vines would start to grow with this mild temperature. There was a risk to have winter frost and it’ll destroy the buds. Luckily the temperature was below 0°C at night and the vines were still in hibernation.

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September 25th, 2013 - by Pei Yeng

Champagne grape harvest season

Champagne region - grape harvest

Come join us to experience the most important moment of the year!

After a cold winter and spring, luckily the summer has been sunny and now the grapes are finally ripen. All the wineries are busy doing the preparation for the most important moment of the year : the harvest. Read more…

June 27th, 2013 - by Pei Yeng

Champagne sabering - Sabrage

Paris Champagne day tour- Champagne sabering-sabrage

Champagne sabering or sabrage in French is a technique for opening a Champagne bottle with a Champagne sword (sabre).

There are several stories about the tradition of Champagne sabering (Sabrage). All of them begin in the early 19th century.

Paris Champagne day tour-Champagne sabering-sabrageThe most popular story is that of Napoleon’s soldiers just after the French Revolution. The sabre was the weapon of choice of the fearsome Cavalry. Hence the word sabrage originates from the word sabre. Napoleon’s spectacular victories across all Europe gave them plenty of reason to celebrate. During these events the cavalry opened the Champagne with their sabres to show their pride. This may encouraged by Napoleon, known to have said “Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.” Since then Champagne sabering (sabrage) became popular in France. Read more…

December 5th, 2012 - by Pei Yeng

152nd wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune: history and vineyards

Hi this is your wine guide Peggy with a first post about the history of Wine Auction of the Hospices de Beaune. This year, on the November 18th , Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy region is having the most important wine event in France and even in the whole world; it’s the 152nd Wine Auction of the Hospices de Beaune.

As I was researching information about this event at their official website, I came across the interesting story about the origin of this auction that I would like to share with you:

At the end of the Hundred Years’ War, in a context of misery and famine, Nicolas Rolin, chancelor of the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe le Bon, and his spouse, Guigone de Salins, created a hospital and refuge for the poor and needy. In 1443 the Hospices de Beaune was born.

In 1452 the Hôtel-Dieu, welcomed its first patient. From then on and up to the 20th century, the Sisters of the Hospices de Beaune took care of the sick, elderly, disabled and needy. The last sick person left the Hôtel-Dieu in 1983. Read more…