Rare Insider Access
Explore deeper in two of the world's iconic food and wine regions with master sommelier Carlton McCoy
November 5 - 12, 2023
8 Days, 7 Nights in Paris, Burgundy, Champagne
Per person, limited to just 10 guests
Strolling the medieval footpaths, past vine-carpeted hills and limestone villages, you’re on your way to a small family-run estate that produces some of the finest wines in the world. It’s closed to the public — but not to you. The past few days have been an insider-only exploration of the timeless gastronomic traditions of Burgundy and Champagne, from table to cave. Tonight at a private meal in one of France’s top restaurants, the chef will join you for a digestif. Tomorrow, you’ll sip the most exciting vintages the region has to offer and laugh and learn alongside the storied winemaker.
Our host on this rare journey is Carlton McCoy, master sommelier and CEO of Napa Valley’s Lawrence Wine Estates. Carlton began his career in classical French kitchens. For him, one of the enduring joys of French culture is the chance to participate in the centuries-long dialogue between food and wine. Carlton always seeks out the truly exceptional: the winemakers, chefs and farmers who have dedicated themselves to elevating their craft to the very limits of artistic expression. With Carlton as our guide, we’ll experience France in ways no other travelers can.
Join us for unparalleled access and profoundly personal interactions with some of France’s most iconic chefs and innovative winemakers — these incredible humans whom Carlton is proud to call his friends.
The Paragon Experience
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Pinnacle of Craft
Experience the very best of French wine and cuisine culture, meet the legendary chefs and winemakers of Burgundy and Champagne
Rare access to wineries closed to the public, basking in true hospitality reserved for guests and friends of Carlton McCoy
Inspire Every Sense
Taste the rarest vintages, eat at France's finest Michelin-star kitchens, meet and learn from iconic chefs and producers
Celebrate People & Place
Carlton is a trained chef and Master Sommelier, cofounder of nonprofit The Roots Fund, host of CNN's Nomad travel program, and CEO of Lawrence Wine Estates and its unparalleled collection of iconic Napa Valley vineyards. From the urban heart of Paris to the vineyards of Burgundy and Champagne, this is Carlton's deeply personal celebration of French wine and cuisine.
We believe that exploration and discovery are essential elements of the human experience.
Force for Good
It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose, one that serves to improve the lives of people and places. It's the reason why we are a Certified B Corp. Because how we travel matters.
Each Paragon experience supports a charity handpicked by our Luminaries. We call it the The Paragon Giveback. On this departure a $15,000 donation is going to The Roots Fund, a nonprofit cofounded by Carlton McCoy and dedicated to supporting communities of color in the wine industry.
People and Planet
Our goal is that the places we visit are protected and flourishing for future generations. It’s why we are a certified Climate Neutral business, and why we support environmental and social-justice nonprofits.
Day by Day
Where We Sleep
Our luxurious boutique hotels are the perfect backdrops to indulge in France’s finest, mixing elegant character and timeless charm
Hôtel de CrillonParis
It's one of France’s most prestigious hotels, on the iconic Place de la Concorde with the Champs-Élysées' shops and boutiques at your doorstep. This 18th-century palace turned five-star hotel was renovated top-to-bottom in 2018; master craftsmen and artisans have struck the perfect balance between the original neoclassical grandeur and modern whimsy and all the comforts you'd expect.
Hôtel Le CepBeaune
Two 16th-century mansions were united via their courtyards to form the exquisite, wine-centric Hôtel Le Cep. Just steps away from the village center, you’ll feel the heartbeat of Beaune here in every sublime detail—from medieval stonework to the impeccable and dignified hospitality.
Domaine les CrayèresReims
Like a storybook castle, this château-style estate sits on 17 manicured acres in the heart of Reims. You can expect vintage hospitality — the hotel has just 20 rooms and a reputation for unmatched service — as you revel in the original artwork and regal textiles that adorn the walls.
Carlton McCoy France
Based on double occupancy
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What does the price include?
Seven nights at five-star accommodations including some of Burgundy’s and Champagne’s top properties; exclusive VIP access, culinary experiences and tastings; private access with local guides and cultural experts; private travel and transportation from beginning to end; airport transfers; all entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners including Michelin-star dining at some of France’s most iconic kitchens.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare to France; travel insurance; activities not included in the Itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for our Paragon trip leader.
Who is going on this trip?
This exclusive Paragon experience is limited to 10 guests, plus Carlton McCoy and our Paragon team. You can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.