A Time + A Place for Champagne


Côte des Bar, Credit: Didier Guy via Visit French Wine

Champagne is…

…home to a 15,000-strong team of highly skilled winegrowers.

…an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée or AOC that’s been in place since 1927.

…comprised of four main growing areas: The Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs et the Côte de Sézanne, the vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Bar.

…situated at a northerly latitude and is influenced by oceanic and continental climate factors.

…150 kilometres to the east of Paris.

…home to growers and houses (maisons).

…is bubbly due to a special second fermentation process that happens in the bottle, Méthode Champenoise

… a UNESCO World Heritage site and a nest for French wine history.

…typically made from Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

…the feature of this month’s French Winophiles visit.



If you are a wine writer or blogger, this is your invitation to join in! Post on travel, food, wine and lifestyle in Champagne are all welcome.

Contact me to tell me you’re in: Include blog url, Twitter handle, and any other social media details. If you know your blog post title, include that…but you can also send that a bit closer to the event. We’d just like to get a sense of who’s participating and give some shout-outs and links as we go. Contact me here.

Send your post title to me by Wednesday, March 15th to be included in the preview post. I will prepare a preview post shortly after getting the titles, linking to your blogs. Your title may or may not include “#Winophiles.”

Publish your post between 12:01 a.m-8:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, March 18th. You can always schedule your post in advance if you will be tied up that morning.

Include links to the other #Winophiles participants in your post, and a description of what the event is about. I’ll provide the HTML code that you can easily put in your initial post — which will link to people’s general blog url.

Get social! After the posts go live, please visit your fellow bloggers posts’ to comment and share. We have a Facebook group for participating bloggers to connect and share, too. If you need an invitation please let me know.

Sponsored posts are OK if clearly disclosed. Please be sure to disclose if your post is sponsored or if you are describing wine or other products for which you have received a free sample.

Champagne bottles neck-down

Neck-down Champagne bottles in a cave. Credit: Fulvio ROITER


Please accept our invitation to join us on the third Saturday of each month. If you are blogger, please welcome this opportunity to be a part of the French Winophiles. If you are interested in wine, food and travel in France, please be present at our twitter chats (10 am central each third Saturday, #Winophiles).

Our schedule for the year is as follows:

Janvier: Savoie

Février: Corsica

Mars: Champagne

Avril: Cross-Cultural Food Pairings for French Wines

Mai: A drive thru Bourgogne (the Maconnais,Cote Chalonnaise, Cote de Beaune) PART 1, hosted by LM at binNotes | redThread™

Juin: A drive thru Bourgogne (Cote de Nuits, Chablis) PART 2, LM at binNotes | redThread™

Julliet: Southwest France (Sud-Ouest), hosted by Jeff at FoodWineClick!

Août: French Wine Finds Under $20

Septembre: My French Wine Memory: Travel Stories from Wine Writers (pick your own!)

Octobre: Languegoc-Roussillon

Novembre: Beaujolais Jeff at FoodWineClick!

Décembre: French Dessert Wine

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