Burgundy Wine Country (Cote d'Or), France

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Pat & Wayne in Wine Cellar (Cave) 
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Cave Du Chateau Corton-Andre
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Great French Food
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Burgundy Wine Road (Cote d’Or), France (6/16-19/2011) – Burgundy's Cote d'Or is very French and very charming! 

The towns and villages look like all the quaint photos you have seen complete with centuries of history.

The wines made in Burgundy's Cote d'Or are legendary for good reasons… they are wonderful! Church-owned properties were divided up after the French Revolution, leaving Burgundy's Cote d'Or with more than 4,500 small, mostly family-run wineries today. Some of the best lie along the scenic 50-mile Route des Grands Crus of Cote d'Or that runs from Dijon to Santenay.

Growing predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in Cote d'Or, they have perfected wine making over centuries knowing within yards what vineyards make the best wines. 

While driving through Burgundy's Cote d’Or we stopped for free wine tastings at many places (some famous) and learned that Pinot Noir can taste very different made with grapes grown on the other side of a stonewall. We also learned that the years 2005 and 2009 were good years for wines from Burgundy.

For several days we drove through the wine villages of Cote d-Or (Golden Hillside) with names such as Marsannay-la-Cote, Fixin, Vosne-Romanee, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vougeot with it's amazing 12th-century wine chateau, Pommard, Auxey-Duresses, St-Romain, and Volnay. Our favorites were Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune. 

The 2,000-year-old town of Beaune is beautiful with its half-timbered houses and mansions (and, OK, here it is again… charming) with many wineries (great place to taste wines) and excellent examples of typical regional architecture. 

They have a place (Patriarch Pere et Fils) in Beaune to taste wines that has 3 million bottles stored in 2 miles of cellars under this town – you think they take wine seriously?

In Beaune, we visited the Hotel-Dieu des Hospices de Beaune that operated as a hospital for the poor from 1443 to 1971. It is truly an amazing place with a beautiful glazed tile roof built after the Hundred Year War that left Beaune devastated and 75% of its inhabitants destitute.

We continued our French eating fest with a picnic in a park with bread, cheese, and other treats purchased in an open market. 

Some of Burgundy's regional classics like boeuf bourguignon (beef burgundy) and cassolette d’escargots, followed with a cheese plate made a delicious dinner into an event. One night we had a dinner of French pastries, chocolates, and wine – yes, we were bad but it was good! 

Travel tips... Traveling in mid-June before the peak season with no reservations, we found rooms without reservations in the Cote d'Or region for each night in interesting places such a classic French square over a bar and in the garden of a 300-year old French manor house on the edge of town. Tourist information centers were very helpful.

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Bordeaux Wine Country, Saint Emilion, Paulliac, & Cognac, France 

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Reims (Champagne Capital), France

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