Many independent wine makers in France belong to the Vignerons Independants club which holds consumer wine fairs across France each year. This is an opportunity to meet the winemakers, sample their wines and buy at farm-gate prices.
So there will be no co-operative wineries, those who sell all their wine to a negociant or brand
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Beaujeu celebrates the release of Beaujolais Nouveau
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As a special summer promotion Rail Europe is offering up to 80% off First Class train travel in France this summer – includes TGVs which is often the fastest between Paris and destinations in southern France including Nice, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux. Book by 24 August 2012!
Take the train from Paris to Nice,
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Following the longest main road in France, the route to the sun from Paris to Provence, cyclist Adam Ruck makes the most of the vineyards and foodie pit stops that have been refuelling travellers for centuries- see article in Guardian (8 July 2012)
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John & Caroline Scallan are offering a short stay package based around the rest day of the Tour de France in July 2012, allied with a wine tour of the Jura based at their B&B in Burgundy(Sens-sur-Seille 71)
Are you interested in the Tour ide France? Do you like wine? How about a couple of
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Along with the rest of Europe, France will be holding its Journées Europeénnes de Patrimoine (European Heritage Days) 17-18 September 2011. The weekend provides endless opportunities to discover and explore a wealth of France’s cultural and sometimes industrial treasures – history, archictecture, arts and crafts, museums and galleries – wherever you are that weekend look
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Lyon (69 Rhône, Rhône-Alpes) hosts a special annual celebration with its Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières) which runs from 6-9 December 2012.This is no mere “decoration” with festive lighting, but over 80 locations are skillfully and artistically illuminated at night to great effect, providing new vistas to astonish and delight!!
For more info see
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It began in 1972 when a journalist challenged Fleet Street to “Bring Back the Beaujolais” to London copying the similar “race” to get the first bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau wine to Paris. In those days the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau could not by law be allowed to leave the producers’ cellars near Macon until
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The Telegraph (19 Aug 08) includes a boat trip up the Rhone Valley as one of its top 10 river cruises:
Navigating France’s mightiest river is a favourite for wine aficionados and foodies. A cruise through Burgundy and Provence gives you the chance to visit vineyards (think Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape), explore Lyon
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Jancis Robinson in the Financial Times (12 May 08) talks about the growing number of Brits who have followed their dream and bought a vineyard in France.
It is hardly surprising then that a substantial proportion of the hundreds of thousands of Brits who own French property have been tempted by the apparently bucolic life
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