Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, Epernay, Champagne, France
One lovely sunny afternoon while wandering the length of perhaps my favourite street in the world, Avenue de Champagne, past the large Champagne houses of Moët & Chandon, Pol Roger and Perrier-Jouët and toward the vineyards that lie at the end of the avenue, we stumbled across a cute Champagne house called Paul-Etienne Saint Germain. Encouraged by the small sign outside simply saying “Tastings” we knocked on the large front door and were greeted by a friendly man, Jean-Michel, who took us inside to an intimate little tasting room where he and his wife, Agnes, told us the story of their dream to one day make their own Champagne. Having grown up in Epernay and spending 20 years working in the Champagne industry for others, they have worked hard to build their business from the ground up. With dreams fulfilled, their Champagne is now served in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Both them and their story were so adorable that it was a pleasure to walk out of there with one of their delicious magnums under my arm!