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    Champagne Wine Tour (Oct. 2019 - FULL)

    Champagne Wine Study Tour with Essi Avellan, MW (Oct. 2019)

    Champagne Wine Study Tour with Essi Avellan, MW (Oct. 2019)

    Trip Details:

    • Dates: to
    • Duration: 4 days, 4 nights.
    • Guide:Essi Avelan, Master of Wine
    • This study trip is now SOLD OUT

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    Embark on our 2019 Champagne Study Tour with professional-level instruction on site coupled with a certificate program!

    Champagne Wine Tour - Study Trip Highlights:

    Champagne…the name conjures up visions of a prestigious and celebratory drink. It is a sparkling wine of sophistication, yet also one of interesting styles and nuances. Non-vintage, vintage, zero-dosage, brut, blanc de blanc or rosé champagne are a few of the different styles of champagne. The art of blending, a distinctive terroir and a winemaker's vision are only some of the variables that give rise to a wide range of champagne styles.

    Travel with us to the Champagne region to unlock the secrets of this world famous bubbly and experience first-hand what makes this region and its sparkling wine so special.

    • Discover the Champagne region with your instructor, Essi Avellan, world-renowned champagne specialist, wine author and Master of Wine.
    • Tour the different sub-regions of Champagne to get a complete and in-depth view of the appellation. Visit the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs, the Vallée de la Marne and the Aube vineyards.
    • Learn directly from the cellar masters of some of the most prestigious champagne houses as you visit and taste with them
    • Visit and experience the best Champagne tasting with top grower-producers, located in Grand Cru and prestigious champagne producing villages.
    • Experience tasting base wines of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Meunier and gain a deeper understanding of the importance and art of blending.
    • Dine in the region's best restaurants, to enjoy special champagnes paired with the local gastronomy.

    TEssi Avellan MWravel with serious students of wine, either dedicated wine amateurs or wine professionals, and share an educational, enriching and memorable experience while mastering the world of champagne. Trips are open to people from all countries, and are held in English.

    Your instructor & Guide: Essi Avellan, MW

    • Master of Wine specialized in Champagne
    • Editor of FINE Champagne magazine
    • Judge at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships
    • Author of “Essi Avellan’s Champagne” and co-author of “Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wines”

     

    Your Tour Manager: Mary Kirk

    Assisting the instructor and making sure logistics run smoothly and that your needs are answered will be Mary Kirk, Sommelière-Conseil.  Mary has been leading wine tours in France for over 10 years, and teaches wine in the Paris area.

     

     

     

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    Itinerary *

    Monday, Oct. 28 | Reims, Montagne de Reims | L, D

    • Participants arrive independently this morning at the Reims train station.
    • Meet instructor Essi Avellan, MW, and visit a top house like Ruinart or Charles Heidsieck. Visit their extensive cellars, housed in Gallo-Roman chalk quarries (“crayères”), followed by an extensive tasting.
    • Enjoy a lovely gourmet lunch at Le Jardin des Crayères.
    • Visit another prestigious house this afternoon like Krug, Roederer or Dom Pérignon.
    • At the Club des Trésors, you’ll have an exclusive tasting of “Special Club” cuvées created by some of the top récoltant-manipulants of the region.
    • Check in to your hotel, 4-star Hôtel de la Paix.
    • Welcome dinner at Michelin 1-star restaurant Le Millénaire, paired with great Champagnes.

    Tuesday, Oct. 29 | Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne | B, L

    • Begin the day at one of the top récoltant-manipulant producers like Paillard or Penet.
    • Visit and tasting at a great house of the Montagne de Reims like Bollinger or Phillipponnat.
    • Gourmet lunch at Les Grains d’Argent restaurant.
    • Travel to the Marne Valley and enjoy a visit and tasting at a top producer like Tarlant or Belin.
    • Return to Reims for dinner on your own with our suggestions for great restaurants.

    Wednesday, Oct. 30 | Epernay or Reims, Côte des Blancs | B, L

    • Start the day at one of the finest venerable houses like Moët et Chandon or Piper Heidsieck.
    • Move on to the beautiful Côte des Blancs and enjoy lunch at gastro-bistrot Les Avizés.
    • Visit two great producers like Vilmart, Larmandier-Bernier or Pierre Péters.
    • Explore Reims and its great restaurants this evening.

    Thursday, Oct. 31 | L’Aube-Côte des Bars | B, L, D

    • Visit Champagne Drappier, a family estate whose vineyards and cellars date back to the 12th century, and enjoy an extensive tasting of their great champagnes.
    • Gourmet lunch at a fine nearby restaurant.
    • Move on to another great Aube estate like Jacques Lassaigne or Devaux.
    • Return to Reims for your farewell dinner at the elegant Michelin 1-star restaurant Le Foch, with very special wines and champagnes.

    Friday, Nov. 1 | B

    • Your study trip ends after breakfast today. We highly recommend that you visit the spectacular Reims Cathedral, where the kings of France held their coronations.

    Legend for meals included in your tour: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

    * Itinerary subject to change: every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appears here; however, the final itinerary and estates/winemakers included may vary due to wine producer schedules, availability and factors beyond our control.  The wine estates visited during this trip will all be of the highest quality.

    Your 4 Day, 4 Night Champagne Immersion Study Tour includes:

    • Instruction throughout by Essi Avellan, Master of Wine, Champagne expert and acclaimed wine author and educator
    • Services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support
    • The complete Wine Scholar Guild Champagne Master Level online course, including the written manual, online webinars and online exam
    • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
    • 4 nights at 4-star Hotel de la Paix in Reims, double occupancy
    • 2 gastronomic dinners with fine wines, both at Michelin 1-star restaurants 
    • 4 gourmet lunches with fine wines
    • 4 buffet breakfasts
    • All professional-level tours and extensive tastings at top-quality wine producers
    • All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants

    Pricing:

    Price per person, double occupancy: US$ 4,245.00
    Enrolled Student Price per person, double occupancy: US $ 3,995.00

    (Enrolled Student Price is for registrants already fully or partially enrolled in the Champagne Master-Level program**)

    Single Supplement: US$ 295.00

    Deposit upon reservation: US$ 1000.00 per person, per trip

    Get US$ 150 off each additional trip you take!***

    NOTE: There are a limited number of twin rooms available (2 single beds). Please let us know if you’d like to share a twin room with another participant to avoid the single supplement and pay the double occupancy price instead.

    **The Enrolled Study Price applies to those currently studying in the Champagne Master-Level program or who have completed it. Full registration in the Champagne Master-Level program means students who have previously ordered the Champagn Master-Level study manual, exam registration and online study course. Partially enrolled: Terroir Wine Services charge the participant the enrolled price and the WSG bill the participant for the portion of the missing Master-Level items at a 50% discount on prices listed on the WSG website. Manual lost or updated version of the manual needed? Participants may order a replacement or an updated version at a discounted rate: inquire the WSG.

    ***After you have reserved your first study trip in 2019 you will receive a discount of US $150 for each additional study trip you take in the same calendar year. This discount will be deducted from the final balance payment for each additional study trip. You must pay for the first study trip in full to be eligible to receive the discount for additional study trips.

    Space is limited to 18 participants, so reserve your space today!



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    For more information:

    We have partnered with Terroir Wine Services to operate our immersion study trips. TWS has been organizing exceptional wine tours in France since 1999. Contact Lauriann Greene, the Study Trip Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at +1 302-415-3036.

     

    Check out the exclusive wine tastings and prestigious Champagne producers from our past Champagne wine study tours

    Learn more about Champagne:


    Estates visited on previous Champagne Wine Tours

    We thank the following estates and individuals for having welcomed us and our students on past study wine tours to Champagne:

    Maison Ruinart in Reims and cellar master Frédéric Panaïotis

    Maison Krug in Reims and cellar master Eric Lebel

    Champagne Louis Roederer in Reims and cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

    Champagne Pierre Paillard in Bouzy

    Maison Bollinger in Aÿ and cellar master Gilles Descôtes

    Champagne Tarlant in Œuilly

    Champagne Dom Perignon in Hautvillers and cellar master Richard Geoffroy

    Champagnes Pierre Gimmonnet et Fil

    Champagnes Eric Rodez

    Champagnes Jean-Louis Vergnon

    Champagnes de Saint Gall

    Champagnes Leclerc Brillant

     

    Champagne Eric Rodez in Ambonnay

    Champagne Drappier in Urville (Aube)

    Champagne Veuve Deveaux in Bar-sur-Seine

    Champagne Jacques Lassaigne in Montgueux

    Champagne Gosset in Épernay

    Champagne Lancelot-Pienne in Cramant

    Champagnes Doyard

    Champagnes Boizel

    Champagnes de Venoge

    Chateau de Bligny

    Champagnes Guy Larmandier

    Champagnes Vilmart

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