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- TheEngineer - 06-07-2011 03:20 PM

A group of my friends and I (totaly five guys) will be travelling to the following locations at the end of July.

(1) Champagne
(2) Burgundy/Dijon
(3) Bordeaux
(4) Cognac/Jarnac
(5) Piedmont

I would love to have some suggestions as to where to go for lunches and dinners in and around the wineries. I've got many of the winery visit worked out but would still ove some suggestions for easy to access (i.e. easy reservations) but would really like to get some interesting side sights to visit too. Would anyone suggest visiting a cooperage? Cheese shop, etc,...whatever would be in the area of the wineries which is our focus would be much appreciated. We are getting close and the gang is rather excited!!!

Many thanks in advance!

- Thomas - 06-07-2011 03:32 PM

In Barolo there's a fine wine museum.

In Barabaresco, there's a great visitor center that will set you up with a fellow who can give you a talk on Barbaresco's history.

While in Piemonte, try to visit Gattinara.

As for eating, I can't tell you where the places are located, so best I say nothing, except that there's a fantastic pizza restaurant nearby Barbaresco.

- wondersofwine - 06-07-2011 04:17 PM

If you haven't previously visited Beaune and your travels take you to the vicinity of the town, you should take a tour of the Hospices de Beaune, the Hotel Dieu. There are also some nice art museums in the area if you want to divert a little from wineries. The principal one is probably the Musee des Beaux Arts in Dijon with lots of Flemish, Dutch and Impressionist art work as well as magnificient sculptures.