Women - Shall we dance?
The village of Etoges is one of several that are able to be seen from vinyards for the region's champagne wineries. It is quiet, and you do not see much traffic.
Etoges main drag
We went straight to the Chateau d'Etoges to check in and drop off our bags. I was not prepared for the ... je ne sais quoi ... picturesque setting we were in and the beauty of the chateau.
Chateau d'Etoges - We even have our own moat to keep the rabble from rowsing us
After we dropped the bags off in the room, we all went to the Champagne winery next door. We were the only ones in there and the owner/proprietor served us a sampling of Champagne. Next he offered to give us a tour of the whole operation from press to bottling. I understood some of what he said, but relied on Eric and Nancy to translate as we learned. I understood about the two-step process of fermentation and carbonation. Having fermented beer in a large glass carboy, and then carbonating in bottles with a little sugar helped me to understand that part of the process.
The best part was trying another sample before buying a bottle. Don't yet know where I'll drink it, or with whom, but I can't bring it back since I'm not checking luggage.
After champagne, Eric and I headed over to check out the free bikes. They were mountain bikes that were well used, but seemed to be well maintained. We rode around town and the vinyards.
Here's Eric ready to ride.
Eric and I rode to Eglise Beauray after checking out the village of Etoges
As usual, there is a link to all the Etoges photos at the bottom of this blog entry.
We had a dinner reservation at the restaurant at the chateau at 8:00 PM. For those of you in the Sacramento area, it reminded me of Hawks in Granite Bay with the attentiveness of the staff. Personnally, I think it went about an hour too long (we left at about 11:00 PM) and there was more food than I needed, but maybe that's the french way. Also, I am finding out that it is hard to be a vegetarian here. I will continue to try, but ... when in Rome ...
Here is a photo of the most delicious sorbet I think I've ever had.
Fraise (strawberry) Rhubarb sorbet, and yes I ate it all!
Please check out all the photos at the link below. Yes, I am having a nice time here.