Germany: Baden’s Hex Vom Dasenstein Winery

The name of this wine cooperative comes from a colorful local legend. According to the story, in 1356AD, the daughter of a local nobleman had an affair with a commoner from the village of Kappelrodeck. Once her father discovered the affair, he banished his daughter from their castle and she was forced to spend the […]

Reims, France: Touring the Caves at Maison Vranken Pommery

At Vranken Pommery, the artwork found throughout the caves is just as much on display as the racks of champagne bottles lining the walls and filling the storage rooms.The estate was built in 1868 to represent modernity and extravagance,  images that remain clearly visible throughout the property today. Upon descending the 116 steps into the […]

Reims, France: Touring the Caves at Maison Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin

Whether you blend the wines, age them in dark underground caves or carefully rotate the bottles to disperse sediment, there is no where else in the world where you can make “champagne,” other than the Champagne region of France. Of course, this is in terms of the appellation, or protected name “champagne,” which only applies […]