From the Louvre Museum to a fifteenth-century charitable hospital and champagne cellars created out of former Roman salt mines, this educational journey offers you a chance to learn about the modern history of the wines of France and the roles played by vignerons, vintners and others, during one of France’s darkest eras: the Nazi Occupation. Paris is where this tour begins; Burgundy and Champagne are the other stops in the journey.
Although most activities focus on wine or war, there are some activities that focus on history, art, and architecture. Your journey will be supplemented by a list of suggested reading, fiction or nonfiction that explores the both French wine-making and the history of France under the Occupation, the Resistance.
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Terri Baker is an alumnus of the University of Calgary with a PhD in English literature. Fueled by her passion for literature, Terri explores French history and the French wine industry through both fictional and non-fictional accounts of how French culture and French industry intersect. She especially focuses on the roles played by the men and women of the wine industry during one of France's darkest eras: the Nazi Occupation. She enjoys enhancing literary experiences by connecting them to historic and current events.