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Jeff Coggin

Newnan, Georgia Travel Agent
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Jeff Coggin

Newnan, Georgia Travel Agent
Coggin Travels, an independent agent with Nexion, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 3
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Rhone River Cruise

Hermitage - The spiritual home of the Syrah grape
Hermitage - The spiritual home of the Syrah grape

Our trip started in Lyon, the culinary capital of France, although I opted out of traditional Lyonnaise Bouchon, which specializes in organ meat.  Lyon is a beautiful city with a rich history and was enjoyable to visit.

From there we visited a small family winery in Beaujolais, where the wine of much higher quality than I anticipated.

The to Vienne France where we visited Chapelle Notre Dame de la Salette where treated to a lovely rendition of “Ave Maria” by one of our guides, and I can affirm that the acoustics of this little church are quite good. Definitely worth a visit, and you get to enjoy the Mount Pipet Viewpoint as a bonus.  Vienne was also home to some fantastic Roman ruins.

Our visit to Tournon sur Rhone was highlighted by visiting Tain L'Hermitage.  In the evening, we enjoyed a chocolate and wine pairing event with a Michelin starred choco la tier.  The next day was an extensive tasting of the Northern Rhone wines highlighted by the exclusive Hermitage.  The red wines of this region are primarily the Syrah grape and this is our favorite wine region for reds.  The white wines, such as Condrieu and Chateau Grillet, are amongst the most desirable in the world.

Avignon is a beautiful city highlighted by the Papal Palace.  After our tour of Avignon, we visited a small family winery in Chateauneuf du Pape where I was again reminded of why I so like the wines of the Rhone Valley.

In addition to being home to many Roman ruins, Arles was the home of Vincent Van Gogh.  Although Van Gogh's time in Arles was short, many of his most famous paintings were completed there, including The Night Cafe, the Yellow Room, Starry Night Over the Rhone, and L'Arlésienne.

After our river cruise ended, we toured Provence including Aix-en-Provence where we enjoyed the town's outdoor market, the hills overlooking Cassis as well as lunch along the harbor and a small family winery in Bandol.

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