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Caves de la Veuve Clicquot, Reims, France
The Tour: After watching a film on the history of champagne and how it is made, visitors descend into the caves, where they see how the bubbly is preserved until the dégorgement, when yeast sediment is removed from the bottle.
Fast Facts: From April 1 to October 31, tours are offered Monday through Saturday; in other months they are on weekdays. Fee is $14; free for children under 16. Reservations are required and a jacket or sweater is recommended, as the caves can be chilly.
Don’t Miss: The glass of champagne at the end of the tour, naturally. For oenophiles: the gift shop sells every champagne made by Veuve Clicquot, including Cuvée Saint Pétersbourg, which is not easily found in the United States.