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Simply put, France is a work of art that offers a host of dynamic culinary and wine travel experiences. The French joie de vivre is perhaps most present when it comes to the attention and investment in things epicurean. Some of our very favorite France culinary and wine travel experiences include the following:

  • Food and wine pairings in Burgundy, where centuries of pairing experience have re sulted in near perfection. Let us plan a wine travel program for you in Burgundy or the other great wine regions of France, such as Bordeaux or the Rhone Valley
  • A private cooking lesson in the kitchen of one of Nice’s finest restaurants, situated on the old harbor, or a similar experience with a Michelin-star chef in a charming chateau-hotel in the Loire Valley; these are experiences clients don’t soon forget
  • A private walking tour with a food journalist to some of the great food shops of Paris – frommage, pain, patisserie, chocolat and more (tastings included).
  • Wine tasting in the beautiful southern Rhone Valley in the great wine towns of Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise and, of course, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where you can view the ruins of Roman era wineries.
  • An early morning visit to Rungis, the world’s largest wholesale food market, where Parisian chefs gather each morning to pick by hand the very finest fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, cheese and even fresh flowers
  • A visit to a charming chevre farm in the tranquil Loire Valley

Epicurean travel to France often requires difficult choices, because the options are so plentiful. We can help you experience in new ways the more familiar destinations like Paris, Provence and the Riviera. Additionally, we can expose you to regions that offer a slower pace such as the Loire Valley and Burgundy, which offer the following:

  • Loire Valley: charming villages, magnificent chateaux, the tranquility of the lazy Loire, fine chateaux hotels, great country restaurants and epicurean pleasures ranging from rillettes to tarte tatin to a broad assortment of fine cheeses that pair so well with Chinons, Touraines and Sancerres of the region
  • Burgundy: Pastoral landscapes, quaint wine villages, welcoming people and rich cuisine await the discerning traveler in Burgundy. No wine region can deliver both world-class reds like Vosne-Romanee, Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-St-George and whites such as Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chablis. You will also learn about the region’s fascinating wine history during which Cisterician monks played a key role in methodically studying the region’s terroir and launching a Burgundy wine industry in the 14th century. These magnificent wines pair so well with the rich cuisine of the region dominated by hearty sauces, world-famous Charolais beef and Bresse chickens as well as other specialties such as jambon perseille, andouillette sausages and warm gougere cheese. One does not go hungry in Burgundy!

Ask the French what is the best wine region in the country and they will just shrug and say, “they all are different.” That’s true, but we are here to give you our opinions! The southern Rhone valley around Avignon and Chateauneuf du Pape is Provence at its best, and the Grenache-Syrah blends from producers like Beaucastel, Clos des Papes and Rayas are marvelous. While we like the majesty and history of some of the fine wine estates of Bordeaux and the charm of St. Emilion, the premier medieval wine village in France, Burgundy is our favorite French wine region for its mix of outstanding, high-finesse wines, great cuisine, beautiful countryside, charming villages and a relaxed way of life.

Please view our Sample Epicurean Itineraries and contact us so that we may begin the process of handcrafting an exceptional travel experience for you and your group of two or more.