Epernay known as the “Capital of Champagne” is home to the Avenue de Champagne, which is the Rodeo Drive of big brand name bubbly. It is here that you can stroll from one champagne house to the next. There are some 20 major champagne houses that line the avenue and belong to the Union de Maisons de Champagne. The locals drink, breathe and live champagne on a daily basis. And although there is little historic distraction like in Reims, you will find many Champagne history lessons in Epernay. The names don’t get any bigger and they are all here: Moet & Chandon (The remains of the monastery where Dom Perignon spent his adult life is now the property of this Champagne House), Mercier, Martel, De Castellane, Boizel, Demoiselle, Pol Roger, De Venoge, and Perrier-Jouet.