InTouch Travel Offering Exceptional Week of Tastings, 'Burgundy At Work,' with English Wine Merchant Martin Raeburn of Amadeus Wines Ltd.

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InTouch Travel, an innovative agency with over 50 English-speaking hosts in a dozen European countries providing brief but intense sessions of cultural immersion for adventurous travelers, is offering an exceptional program this spring, “Burgundy At Work,” for serious lovers of fine wine.

InTouch Travel, an innovative agency with over 50 English-speaking hosts in a dozen European countries providing brief but intense sessions of cultural immersion for adventurous travelers, is offering an exceptional program this spring, “Burgundy At Work,” for serious lovers of fine wine.

Most InTouch guests spend only two days with their hosts, but this particular host, the well-known and widely respected English wine merchant Martin Raeburn, is offering guests the opportunity to accompany him on a full week of professional tastings in Burgundy.

“This isn’t a traditional, easy-going wine tour with a morning tasting, a long lunch and an afternoon nap,” Raeburn said. “It’s a professional trip for me and at the most four guests; we’re going to be in the vineyards and the cellars and tasting, tasting, tasting. It’s serious business.”

The program begins in Paris on Sunday, March 20th, 2006. Cost, including six nights’ lodging at the Hotel Le Cep in Beaune, is $7,500 per guest. The trip is limited to four guests.

Highlights of the week include private lunches, dinners and tastings with several of Burgundy’s leading growers: Louis Moreau, Pascal Marchand, Anne Gros, Nicolas Méo Camuzet, Jacques and Roz Seysses, Comte Philippe Senard, to name a few.

Wines to be tasted include a horizontal tasting of 25 Grand Cru Clos Vougeot; estates scheduled include Rousseau, Charlopin, Trapet, Fourrier, Esmonin, Engel, Latour, Jadot, Rion, Mugnier, Chevillon, Arlot, Potel, Confuron, Sauzet, Leflaive, Roulot, Dujac, Comte Lafon, and more.

Meals at outstanding restaurants with appropriate wines are included as well.

Raeburn admits this isn’t a trip for the faint-hearted. “We’re going to do commercial, professional-grade tastings in every serious domaine from Chablis to Pouilly-Fuissé,” he points out. “For the wine lover, it’s a remarkable opportunity to taste top wines with top producers. You’ll discover Burgundy like never before.”

“Martin Raeburn is an extraordinarily capable wine professional,” says Ronald Holden, who spent 15 years organizing wine tours as head of France In Your Glass. “He is not one of those show-biz media types at the center of glamorous tastings in hotel ballrooms. Instead, he’s down among the barrels with the winemakers and cellar masters, or in the fields with the vineyard managers, doing the real work of Burgundy: putting his money on the line to actually buy commercial quantities of the wines he likes.”

Raised outside of London, Raeburn is a bilingual wine merchant who earned a BA Hons degree in Britain and a postgraduate degree from the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin in Paris.

After three years managing a retail wine shop in Paris and reviving the Académie du Vin (Steven Spurrier’s original wine school), Martin moved to Burgundy. Based in Beaune, he spent the next six years as the director of Wine Portfolio Management, a privately held wine investment company responsible for buying several million euros worth of France and Italy’s finest wines for wholesalers, wine merchants, restaurants and private clients.

Martin currently lives near Cambridge with his French-born wife, Ariane, and their son.

TRIP DETAILS:

An itinerary outline will be posted online at http://www.intouchtravel.com/BurgundyAtWork.

The all-inclusive price for this program is $7,500 per guest.

  • Lodging is at Le Cep, a four-star deluxe property and member of SLH (Small Leading Hotels) in Beaune.
  • There is no “single supplement.” Guests who share a room will be upgraded to one of the hotel’s suites.
  • All meals, tastings and local transportation are included.

Guests can book online at http://www.intouchtravel.com, or by phone at 866-396-5102 (from North America); +1 425-396-5102 from overseas.

NOTICE TO TRAVEL AGENTS: InTouch Travel remits the standard 8 percent commission to travel agents who book this trip on behalf of their clients.

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