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Champagne Campaign

Winter travels typically take you to warmer climes. Perhaps somewhere to enjoy the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean, the arid, dry heat of the deserts of Arizona, or at least lounging poolside at some swanky resort in South Florida. What does Team Epernay do instead? We head to the Motherland of Champagne. It is one thing to travel to far off wine destinations in the bucolic fall or warm summer, but we thought of this adventure more like when people ask us, “What’s it like to live on Nantucket in the winter?” You try to describe it, but the words never really convey the message you want to share. Visiting Reims at the end of January was magical. First of all, it was very easy to get there by taking the TGV high-speed train directly from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris. We were greeted by a light dusting of snow, very rare in this region, although it...Read More >

Widows & Wine: The Petticoat Row of Champagne

As you leisurely stroll down the cobblestone streets of Nantucket, one can only imagine what it was like during the life and times of the historic whaling days of the 19th century. A plethora of stores owned, managed and operated by women is not new to our island. This is evidenced by the history of the so-called “Petticoat Row” business area where many of the businesses on Centre Street between Main Street and Broad Street were established and ran by female proprietresses back in the day. Some might say that the Petticoat Row of Nantucket was a result of the need for survival. While men were out ‘on the whale,’ the women left behind needed to make a wage to support their families, but also create a financial security in the off chance that their husbands had an unprofitable voyage or, graver yet, the ill-fated were lost at sea. This opportunity offered the women a sense of community where they...Read More >

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