Rare Access

Explore deeper in one of the world's iconic wine regions with Dom Pérignon and SingleThread’s acclaimed sommelier, Rusty Rastello

May 22 - 28, 2023

7 Days, 6 Nights in the heart of Champagne and Paris


Per person, limited to just 10 guests

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+1 (503) 487-0363

Chandelier light twinkles in your glass. You’re standing in one of the world’s most celebrated Champagne houses, tasting some of France’s most prestigious wines alongside legendary winemakers. Ancient steps beckon you underground to millennia-old chalk caves where the region’s marquee names—Krug, Ruinart, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Pérignon—cellar their most precious bottles with a care mastered over generations. This is a one-of-a-kind immersion with deep and personal access, a masterclass in hospitality and fine dining, a joyful celebration of Champenois culture and craft — and it’s pure magic.

You’re traveling with acclaimed sommelier Rusty Rastello, wine director at three-Michelin-star SingleThread in Healdsburg, California. Rusty and SingleThread’s chef and owner, Kyle Connaughton, have crafted one of California Wine Country’s most impressive wine programs, the first and only in Sonoma County to earn Wine Spectator’s coveted Grand Award. Their connections to Champagne, to its winemakers and culinary artisans, are deep. This is your exclusive invitation to unlock the culture, cuisine and winemaking traditions with dosage tastings alongside iconic winemakers, private access to Moët & Chandon cellars and Dom Pérignon vineyards, and an afternoon at LVMH’s private Paris shopping salon with access to its rarest offerings.

If you travel to stimulate every sense, join us for profound private access in Champagne and Paris. Meet winemakers and artisans at the pinnacle of their craft. Celebrate and explore in ways few other travelers can.

The Paragon Experience

Join us in celebrating the pinnacle of craft

Intimate Access

Paragon provides unparalleled access and intimacy. Go behind the scenes, experiencing Champagne & Paris through the lens of winemakers and chefs at the peak of their craft, in ways no other traveler can.

Force for Good

Paragon supports causes handpicked by our Luminaries. On this departure a $15,000 donation is going to The Roots Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of communities of color in the wine industry.

Pinnacle of Craft

This is a singular opportunity to meet, learn and celebrate with passionate winemakers and chefs at the peak of their creativity and craft, providing unparalleled access and intimacy at Michelin-star meals, exclusive tastings and private cellar visits.

Celebrate People & Place

We travel with acclaimed sommelier Rusty Rastello, wine director at three Michelin star SingleThread in Healdsburg, California. The relationships formed by Rusty and SingleThread's chef and owner, Kyle Connaughton, are deep and personal. Join Rusty, and meet the artisans who make Champagne a living and breathing bastion for the finest things in life.

The Giveback

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.


Handpicked Causes

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 nonprofit The Roots Fund, dedicating to nourishing and enriching the lives of 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

Day 1

After a private transfer from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport or Épernay train station, a glass of the finest sparkling Champagne awaits us at a private château, an architectural jewel built in 1801. This stately private home backs up to a wooded hillside in the village of Chouilly overlooking the Marne valley from Épernay to Châlons, just visible on the horizon. This exclusive property is reserved for royalty and distinguished guests; we’ll meet up with Rusty and toast with Grand Cru vintages from the château’s own vineyards.

Then we’ll sit down for a grand welcome dinner prepared by a decorated local chef. It’s the perfect start to our first day together, and to our week of unparalleled access in Champagne!

Day 1 Highlights

  • Arrivals throughout the day
  • Private tastings
  • Private welcome dinner

Day 2

After breakfast, we drive through Épernay’s impressive Avenue de Champagne, a grand succession of elegant residences and châteaux, luxuriant gardens and ornate courtyards. We’ll stop for a private cellar visit and tasting at what is arguably Épernay’s most prestigious Champagne house, Moët & Chandon.

Next, in the tiny vineyard-lined village of Hautvillers, we’ll pause at the stately abbey to pay respects to Dom Pierre Pérignon, the 17th-century monk often cited as the ‘inventor’ of Champagne. More accurately, Dom Pérignon played a key role nudging the region’s winemaking—then, predominantly still and red—to sparkling. This is also our chance to meet with Dom Pérignon’s winemaking team for a flight of their finest.

Our destination this afternoon is Reims, unofficial capital of the Champagne region. We’ll have time to settle in at our glorious manor hotel, Domaine les Crayères, before reconvening for dinner at Restaurant Le Parc, our hotel’s two Michelin star restaurant led by Chef Philippe Mille.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Moët & Chandon private cellar visit
  • Private tasting with Dom Pérignon team
  • Expert-led architectural walk of Reims
  • Dinner at two Michelin star Le Parc
  • Stay at Domaine les Crayères

Day 3

Today we start in the Montagne de Reims terroir, a wooded range of hills covered by smaller, innovative growers and winemakers whom Rusty knows well. Smaller still is Clos des Goisses. This is one—if not the—oldest clos (walled vineyard) in Champagne, perched on a 45-degree slope on chalk hillsides of Mareuil-sur-Ay. The single-plot cuvées produced from Clos des Goisses are legendary; we’re here for a walk through the vines and a blind-testing of Philipponnat’s finest vintages.

At Huré Frères in Ludes we’ll spend a magical afternoon with winemakers and brothers François and Pierre Huré. Viticulture and winemaking are a family tradition; they’ll share their passion and knowledge, and invite us in for lunch. Back in Reims, the afternoon is ours to rest or relax, maybe explore the city’s fashionable boutiques and markets.

In the evening it’s a short walk to Maison Ruinart, established in 1729 and the oldest Champagne house in France. We’ll explore the centuries-old network of crayères, the chalk caves used for cellaring, and taste their finest Blanc de Blancs and cuvées (first pressings). Our dinner tonight—a sublime five-course meal and Champagne pairing—is hosted by Ruinart’s chef on the maison grounds.

Day 3 Highlights

  • Montagne de Reims small-grower visit
  • Clos des Goisses vineyard walk & blind tasting
  • Huré Frères tasting & vineyard lunch
  • Maison Ruinart tasting & private dinner
  • Stay at Domaine les Crayères

Day 4

Today we embrace the mastery of smaller growers in the Côte des Blancs, named for the white grapes gracing its hillsides and where Chardonnay is exclusively produced. At Suenen in the village of Cramant, Aurélien Suenen’s single-vineyard bottlings reflect his terroir-driven focus, highlighting the uniqueness of each parcel. We’ll taste a variety of their finest, and sit down to a leisurely farm-to-table vineyard lunch with Aurélien himself.

Larmandier-Bernier is among the Côte de Blanc’s—and Champagne’s—finest small estates, and the rare recipient of a Robert Parker Green Emblem in recognition of wineries that extend their sustainability efforts far beyond the requirements for organic and biodynamic certification. The Larmandier family farms organically and harvests late; we’ll meet the winemaker and sample their highly sought-after and unfiltered Grand Cru.

Back in Reims, the evening is ours to enjoy, maybe with a quiet meal at our hotel or fine dining in Reims with suggestions from Rusty.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Suenen vineyard tasting
  • Private lunch with Aurélien Suenen
  • Larmandier-Bernier tasting
  • Stay at Domaine les Crayères

Day 5

Many plots, one wine. It’s a cornerstone of Krug’s winemaking philosophy. Each year since 1843, the House of Krug produces a new édition of its Grande Cuvée, always a blend from more than 120 plots and 10 different years. The art of blending—Krug does not believe in hierarchies, and offers just seven Champagnes—gives Krug its distinct expression. We’ll experience this ourselves on a visit to the Krug cellars and at private tastings in the blending room and house gardens.

Lunch today is a special treat: we’ll be welcomed into the Krug family home to share and celebrate our mutual passion for Champagne.

Following a leisurely afternoon back at our hotel, we’ll meet for an unforgettable culinary adieu to Champagne: dinner at L’Assiette Champenoise, the region’s only three Michelin star restaurant. The family-run kitchen is helmed by Chef Arnaud Lallement, his wife Magali and sister Mélanie. The food is flawless; and an extraordinary celebration of Champagne’s freshest ingredients.

Day 5 Highlights

  • House of Krug cellar visit & private tastings
  • Lunch with Krug family
  • Dinner at three Michelin star L’Assiette Champenoise
  • Stay at Domaine les Crayères

Day 6

We’ll end the day in Paris; but first, a final stop in Champagne at Moussé Fils in Cuisles. Growers for 12 generations, and winemakers for four, the Moussé family specializes in Pinot Meunier produced on its unique green-clay terroir. Meunier grapes are less acclaimed than Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; yet the innovative, award-winning Moussé Fils blends—typically 80% Meunier or more—beautifully showcase these underrated grapes. Glass in hand, we’ll tour the small estate with Rusty and winemaker Cédric Moussé.

We’re welcomed back to Paris in style, with an exclusive shopping experience at LVMH’s private Paris salon. You’ll enjoy rare access to limited editions and original pieces from the world’s most coveted brands.

We’ll have time to relax at the palatial Hôtel de Crillon on Place de la Concorde, before meeting up for a farewell dinner to celebrate Champagne and Paris, and our remarkable time together.

Day 6 Highlights

  • Moussé Fils tasting with Cédric Moussé
  • Private access to LVMH's Paris Salon
  • Farewell dinner
  • Stay at Hôtel de Crillon

Day 7

Alors, our time in France has come to an end. After breakfast, we’ll bid adieu to Rusty and our newfound friends.

The last seven days together have been a masterclass in the wines, vineyards and the spirit of Champagne. We’ve had exclusive access to the world’s most renowned Champagne houses, their historic vineyards, cellars and bottles with the producers themselves. We hope that, along with bottles of Champagne, you’ll carry the bon vivant tradition home with you. Embrace the joy in life’s luxuries and the love of things that sparkle in the sun. Until next time!

Day 7 Highlights

  • Final breakfast and farewells
  • Transfer to Paris' CDG airport

Where We Sleep

Our luxurious boutique hotels are the perfect backdrops to indulge in France’s finest, mixing elegant character and timeless charm with the rich history of Champagne and Paris.

Domaine les Crayères


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.

Hôtel de Crillon


It's one of France’s most storied and prestigious hotels, located on the iconic Place de la Concorde with the shops and boutiques of the Champs-Élysées at your feet. 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 warmth.

Dom Pérignon Champagne & Paris


Per person
Based on double occupancy

Essential Info

For questions or to speak with a Paragon travel concierge, please call or text +1 (503) 487-0363 or email paragon@modernadventure.com

  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at five-star accommodations including some of Champagne’s top properties and an exclusive château property that is not accessible to the public; 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 Champagne’s most iconic kitchens.

  2. 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.

  3. Who is going on this trip?

    This exclusive Paragon experience is limited to 10 guests, plus Rusty Rastello 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.