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The Champagne Harvest in France

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Some of my favorite things from my story on Champagne for AFAR magazine
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51160 Hautvillers, France
I love this tongue-in-cheek prayer that someone has posted on their house in the Champagne village of Hautvillers. Here's the translation: MORNING PRAYER Give me health for a long time, Work, not too often, Love, from time to time, But Champagne...
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41 Rue des Buttes, 51160 Hautvillers, France
Picking grapes isn't all work - here some harvesters have lifted up Vincent Bliard, a family winemaker in Hautviller, France. These pickers, who all have other jobs, gather every year to harvest the Bliard family's grapes. Some have been returning...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
The soil in Champagne is amazingly white and chalky, which creates the perfect growing condition for Champagne's three traditional grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. I wrote about the Champagne harvest for AFAR magazine. Click on...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
I helped pick these beautiful grapes destined to become Champagne. The harvest usually takes place in September, and it's a wonderful time to visit Champagne. These particular grapes are organic, grown by the Bliard family of Hautvillers. I wrote...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
Champagne is a vast patchwork of vineyards, but they've been divided over the years until some plots are just a few rows. Three types of grapes go into a classic Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. I picked all three of them when...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
Nearly everyone in the village of Hautvillers has a handmade sign on their home that reflects their profession - and nearly every profession is something related to making Champagne. It's wonderful to stroll around the town where Dom Perignon...
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88 Rue d'Eguisheim, 51160 Hautvillers, France
In the village of Hautvillers, in France's Champagne region, this has to be the most perfect spot for a tasting. The friendly, English-speaking family provides a warm welcome, and you don't need an appointment to sip and enjoy their wines along...