One thing that has been a common thread throughout our traveling narrative has been the fact that we love to eat and drink, but more specifically, we love to eat and drink items which are exclusive to the area we're in. Especially food and beverages we already had been enjoying for our entire lives. Being able to try an Icelandic liquor that isn't exported so you can't find it anywhere else in the world? Dope. Being able to eat belgian waffles IN BELGIUM? Life changing. So one of the areas we have had earmarked since we started planning this European leg of our trip has been wine country in France. We'd been hearing the names for years: Burgundy. Champagne. Boujelais. Cotes Du Rhone. And then we were there. We were in Champagne. We were on the coast of the Rhone. We were lucky enough to spend multiple days in Burgundy, and doubly lucky enough to have Authentica Wine Tours as our guides.
Authentica Wine Tours offer multiple tours of the Burgundy wine region, ranging from crazy expensive full-day private tours of Côtes Du Nuis and Côte de Beaune to extremely affordable half-day tours, all of which include the most important and exciting part of drinking wine, TASTINGS. OH HOW I LOVE TASTINGS. When we were invited to join them on their Charm Tour during our time driving through French country, we jumped at the chance. Unlike the decision to rent a stick shift instead of an automatic when I hadn't driven a manual transmission car in almost twenty years (SO MANY STALL OUTS), this was a great one. The difference between a good tour and a great tour is in the knowledge and the personality of the guide, and ours, Léonie, was absolutely fantastic. We went on the tour expecting to see some beautiful sites and drink some delicious wine, but we ended up with a lesson in what makes Burgundy and it's wines special and a lifelong interest in the wine-growing process. Don't worry, we saw beautiful sites and drank delicious wines, too.Read More