MAGIC FLUTES

Anyone who's traveled through the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux can tell you they're lovely. But French wine drinkers there take the local grape so seriously, it can nearly spoil the romance. Yet there's no need to be intimidated in the rolling hills of Champagne. You don't need to ponder metaphorical notes; just pop a cork and feel the moment. To get the most from the region, join Perrier-Jouet's daylong "Fleurtation Package," named after P-J's famous flowered (or fleur, en francais) bottle. A 90-mile drive from Paris brings you to Epernay, the heart of Champagne and the home of Perrier-Jouet. Tour the house's vineyards, learn how bubbly is made and then dine in Perrier-Jouet's private 18th-century town house. A five-course lunch that includes such romantic treats as oysters, truffles and caviar is paired with a bottomless glass of Perrier-Jouet's tete du cuvee Fleur de Champagne, Fleur Rose and Fleur Blanc de Blanc. Ladies bring home a set of six crystal flutes; men receive a bottle of the Fleur de Champagne. $585 per person. For reservations, e-mail Frederique Baveret at Frederique_Baveret@perrier-jouet.fr.

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