May 12, 2010

Gastronomic Tour de France: Stage 5 | Épernay > Montargis Regions: Start of Race in Champagne > Finish in Loire Here we are again! Barbara over at Winos & Foodies has wrapped up everything that's great about wine, food and cycling and France into one big Gastronomic Tour de France. Here's the full list of participants, their blogs and links to keep your own pace by. Every year the course for the Tour de France changes some stages ever so slightly. In 2005, Stage 6 began in Troyes. Fast forward 5 years and today's stage begins in the commercial capital of the Champagne region, Épernay just 88 miles east-northeast of Paris. Stage 5 is made for sprinters and for champagne drinkers. Built on a chalk foundation the town is the key commercial center for the production of champagne. Most visitors will find themselves on the L'Avenue de Champagne where many well-known champagne producers including Moet Chandon, Perrier-Jouet and Champagne Mercier can be found. Most tourist information you will come across will say that this avenue is the most valuable--more so than Fifth Avenue or Champs Elysees due to the many bottles of champagne stored in the chalk cellar caves below. (I’m happy to house sit!) Specialties of this region include andouillette de Troyes, a savory tripe sausage made from pork chitterlings and tripe, seasoned with fresh onion, salt, pepper and stuffed by hand into natural casings it is highly sought out. Another regional specialty is potee champenoise--a pot-au-feu consisting of jambon des Ardennes (smoked ham), cabbage and sausage. And if...


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