There are a lot of really pleasant things in life. Planning trips is one of those. Even better, is when you actually get to go on your trip and experience new cultures, tastes, and everything else that new culture has to offer.
As of now I sit here planning a return visit to champagne at the end of April. Among other things, the aim is to buy some champagne for a special occasion in the spring, but also to visit the wonderful area again, when spring has come to the region and it is at its most beautiful. The vines have begun to bloom and the leaves are still transparent bright green.
Unfortunately I do not speak a word of French, but fortunately I have a wonderful mother who does and who will come with us. Obviously, you do get around anyway, but it is always easier if you speak the language.
The wonderful Champagne farmers are incredibly hospitable and are often more than happy to show you their basements full with aging champagne, and will tell you about how they produce their champagne. If you ask nicely you usually always get a taste of the champagne they produce and then it may be appropriate that you buy a bottle if you think it tastes nice. If it is exceptionally good (as it often is), it is advisable to take the opportunity to buy a few bottles when you have a chance (for your own sake). The Champagnes made by these small producers are usually just sold within France, so you won’t be able to get them once you get home to your own country.
Our plan for the trip in terms champagne shopping is to find five different varieties to take home. But if I know the family and myself right there will most likely be one or two “odd” bottle in addition to the basic plan. But we are not in the champagne area every day, so it is just of fill the car for as much as it will hold for.