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Beaune/Paris

by Saymoi »

Hi All! Making my way back to Paris again after 5 years with my BFF but we are stopping in Beaune first to get the jet lag out of our legs and waste time before we can get into a hotel with a train ride straight off the plane. We've never been in the area and were thiking of renting a car once there. I've driven thru other French wine areas and they didn't look as friendlly as Napa. Is it possible to rent a car and drive to wineries for tastings or are those best done in town in a Cave there? The only tasting I have ever done was with an appointment  at a shop in the village. My friend is very Californian and thinks things are done the same as Napa/Sonoma, but that's not what I've seen or was too intimidated to explore if the door was open or not for a tasting.

Any experiences or itineraries with exact visiting hours, $$, etiquette, would be greatly appreciated. Tour suggestions would also be appreciated. I always wanted to go to Dijon. I don' t know if have a car is a plus, but train tickets seem really expensive these days.

I miss you all and am sorry for the long the break.

 

 

 

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RE: Beaune/Paris

by phred »

Don't know if you've been and back already, but driving around the Beaune/Dijon region is highly recommended.  At the Dijon train station (where the TGV stops), all the name brands have little rental desks.  Make your reservations from home with whichever company you choose.  Also rent the GPS if you don't have one.  There are special directions for returning the car in Dijon if you decide to do that so ask.

Some guy named R. Steves has several driving itineraries among the wineries.  I did the drive but we didn't stop at any of the wineries (yes odd I know, my wife likes to drive in the country).  Underneath Beanue is a giant wine celler called Patriarche where you get a little sommerliers cup to wear and you wander among damp, dusty rooms of wine and come to casks with open bottle on them for you to sample (you're on the honor system not to overtipple).  At the end you'lll be asked which one(s) you liked and want to buy; it's OK to say none, in fact we didn't care for the reds very much we thought they were flat and thin.

My impression is that you drive up to a winery as in CA and ask to taste.  I don't think they make you pay and buy a glass, but again let RS be your guide.

 

 

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RE: Beaune/Paris

by OlivierFontenay »

The wineries in Burgundy are not as open as in California. It is a good idea to call in advance and make appointment at most places. A coach wine tour from either Beaune or Dijon is a good and easy way to discover the wine country and the best wines. Check https://www.parisdigest.com/burgundy/burgundy.htm.

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