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Posted on Tuesday 17 July 2012 in France
Located just a two-hour drive east of Paris, Burgundy is a wine lover's dream come true, with hundreds of kilometres of vineyards and countless restaurants along the way. Beaune, one of the towns in the Burgundy region, has recently become a hotspot for culinary adventurists whose idea of the perfect holiday is to sample as many types of dishes as they possibly can. Once travellers arrive in the region, they will not be disappointed: with more than 40,000 wine shops, bars and specialty stores, it's no wonder that Burgundy has become a mecca for blossoming sommeliers for decades.
Make Dijon mustard at Edmond Fallot La Moutarderie
After renting Paris car hire and driving to Burgundy, travellers should make their way to Edmond Fallot La Moutarderie, where they can learn how to make spicy dijon mustard before enjoying a platter of amazing dishes. Best of all, visitors can feast on a meal they concocted with their own two hands, such as roasted pigeon served in hot mustard cream or escargot and squid served with a light dijon sauce.
There are few places in the world that make mustard in the traditional way, which involves charcoal kilns and a refined knowledge of how to best grow the seed. A notoriously difficult plant to cultivate, mustard has thrived in Burgundy thanks to generations of farmers.
Become a connoisseur at Sensation Vin
Travellers on Paris holidays would be wise to take a short trip to Burgundy this fall as the grape season comes to a close. Typically rounding out at the end of September, the year's harvest ends with sweet dessert wines and ports, both of which are a perfect after-dinner libation or thick topping to a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.
At Sensation Vin, wine lovers can enjoy any of the three daily tasting tutorials, which last anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes. Ideally, travellers should take classes such as these early on in their wine holidays to save themselves the intimidation of having to leaf through a long menu at a restaurant.
Burgundy farmers' markets
For the best people watching in the region, travellers should go to the farmers' market in Beaune either on Wednesday or Saturday during the summer and autumn months. There, foodies will find not only local and organic produce, but also an amazing assortment of cheeses, cured meat and antiques.
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