Wine + Gastronomy
The idea behind WineTime France is simple: we want to demystify the image of wine in France by curating unforgettable wine experiences, all while immersing you into the local gastronomy and culture in some of the best wine regions in France: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Loire Valley.
Our group had all levels of wine expertise, from near non drinkers (my spouse) to Sommeliers and the people like me who just love to drink wine!
The most perfect wine tour to explore a beautiful region of France. Stephen was enjoyable company to spend the day with and was extremely knowledgeable. We would definitely recommend WineTime France and hope to return to explore one day;
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Here you’ll discover a trail of manicured vineyards draped over the rolling hillsides, shouldering tiny villages, and inevitably leading to the cities Epernay and Reims, where the iconic Bollinger, Veuve Cliquot, and Ruinart house their glorious champagnes. Pay a visit to one of the family-owned producers in a nearby village, or explore the tunnels carved out beneath the city of Reims by its ancient Roman inhabitants.
No wine region in France exists without its gastronomy, and Champagne is no exception. White sausage (Retherl Boudin Blanc), Joute vegetable stew, and Chaource cheese are delectable local specialties that incidentally all pair perfectly with champagne!
The Burgundy countryside is a renowned landscape of grassy hills and pine forests. But visit the ancient city of Dijon, the capital of Burgundy and former home to the Dukes of Burgundy and you’ll uncover a perfect blend of architectural beauty and French history as you walk along the paths trodden by the Dukes of Burgundy and enter the market designed by the illustrious Gustav Eiffel.
Discover cheeses that are truly exceptional, like the pungent Epoisses, the briochy Citeaux, the creamy Brillat Savarin, and salty/nutty Comté. For heavier fare, head to a brasserie around the famous covered market area (designed by Gustav Eiffel) or the Place de la Liberation opposite the ducal palace to sample the famous Escargots, Beef Bourguignon, Poulet de Bresse (considered as the best chicken in France) and much more.
The stunningly beautiful vineyards lying on either side of the rivers Gironde and Garonne match the equally elegant city of Bordeaux proudly known as the City of Art & History and making it one of the most fascinating and popular cities in France.
Bordeaux’s culinary reputation is second to none. On the coast, you will find a mouth-watering array of seafood dishes, including Cap Ferret oysters, Aquitaine caviar, and the region’s tender, grass-fed Beef de Bazas. and for desserts head to the village of Saint Emilion for the perfect macaron, or sample one of the deeply caramelized Canelé pastries fresh from a local bakery.
Here, you’ll find the famous Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, as well as Chenin Blanc from Touraine and Anjou.
There are many gourmet delights, particularly in the city of Tours. Pop into one of the city’s many fabulous restaurants to sample some Rillettes, as this local pork spread is known to be the best in France. And we highly recommend you order the fish, as the region specializes in many dishes featuring some of the local varieties of river fish.