My fourth time in France, but only by first time in the city of Reims. Quiet and quaint on the exterior, but hiding quite the story and an insightful history underneath. A press trip with Veuve Clicquot for their new Veuve Clicquot Rich champagne brought me to Reims. The Rich champagne is meant to be mixed with a variety of flavors—fruits, vegetables, herbs, you name it! The product is innovative, refreshing and colorful. And this brings us to the Champagne region of Reims. Yes, it’s actually named Champagne. And that sparkly and bubbly celebratory drink that you love to down on New Year’s Eve is named just that for a very, very good reason. Sparkling wine can only be called champagne if it’s produced in the Champagne region of Reims, which has very precise environmental conditions known to produce the most exquisite and tantalizing tastes. If the grapes are grown even an inch outside the region, it cannot be called champagne. So interesting yes? So now I get it. Champagne from Champagne is the best. Top notch. Years and years of labor and refined trial and error have been put into its making. Every minute detail considered. All in homage to the brand Veuve Clicquot’s heritage and intense passion for producing the best tasting, highest quality wines. After tasting all the different types and ages of sparkling wine by Veuve Clicquot, I finally understood the mystique and intrigue surrounding champagne. It was like a whole new world opened for me. No more will I drink champagne without appreciation of its art. This bubble stuff is serious business over here in Champagne. There’s a different pairing for each course. And dessert! Holy shit, I found the mother load! More to come on my experience with Veuve Clicquot in Reims, France. Can’t wait to share. For now, here’s what I wore my first day in Reims. Not as mind blowing as champagne, but just as pretty, no?
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