Learn it through the grapevine

14th March 2003 at 00:00
Could there be some of you out there who, at the end of a long week (or a long term), slump on the sofa with a bottle of wine? Now that's not healthy. But to visit, say, Burgundy where it is grown, and learn to really enjoy all the flavours, that's a skill which could really transform your life (although you might not be so happy about the effect on your bank balance). Arblaster and Clarke has some very affordable tours for those taking their first steps beyond the world of the pound;5.99 bottle, as well as fantastic top-of-the-range vineyard visits for true oenophiles.

During the Easter break (April 12-15 ), it offers a long weekend in Burgundy at pound;499 including flights, or pound;399 self-drive for those who want to combine it with a longer holiday (and pack their boot with bottles to impress the head). For both, the tour, tasting some of Burgundy's greatest wines and visiting renowned vineyards such as Le Montrachet, Clos Vougeot and Corton, includes three nights in a three-star hotel, two meals with wines, all visits and tastings and local travel by coach. Details: 01730 893344; www.winetours.co.uk.

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