Go toast each other with some fizz! What could be more romantic than making a pilgrimage to the famous wine caves of the Champagne Region? Lying an easy 80 miles (128 km) east of Paris, the great names of the champagne world include G H Mumm, Mercier, Perrier-Jouët, Moët et Chandon (closed until 2016) and Dom Pérignon; their wine caves are almost all open for tasting and buying.
Sophisticated Reims is the biggest of Champagne’s cities, and its romantic Roman ruins and soaring Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame are a joy to explore before heading underground to sample grand marque bubbly in the crayères (chalk cellars) of Taittinger, Mumm and Pommery that extend beneath the city streets. Further south is the champagne capital of Epernay; along with its reputation for producing premier cru champagnes, the town is also famous as a gourmet destination, the perfect spot to enjoy a lunch of local charcuterie before moving on to sample more bubbles at a boutique winery.
Tours of the Champagne Region can be tailored in length, taken by coach, by small group or for maximum romance enjoyed privately – and remember, when sampling champagne, it’s better not to drive. Dedicated gourmets can also take a champagne and chocolate workshop aboard their bus while traveling around the wine-growing region; tours are led by master chocolatiers and sommeliers.