6 Ways to Celebrate the Champagne Harvest This Fall - United Hub

6 Ways to Celebrate the Champagne Harvest This Fall

By The Hub team, September 12, 2017

Each fall in the Champagne region of France, the harvest begins as big name winemakers start culling grapes for some of the best-loved sparkling wine in the world. True Champagne only comes from this region in northeast France — cava and prosecco don't count — making it something of an exclusive treat.

Visiting the region where the grapes are grown and tasting the wines with experts from the vineyards will enrich any experience of the Champagne itself. Those who can travel to France absolutely should. But those of us who are stuck at home can still celebrate the harvest. From overseas workshops to home-made cocktails, there are plenty of ways to toast this year's bounty.

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Take a train to Reims

To find yourself wandering through the vines of a Champagne winemaker, fly first to Paris. From there, visitors can take a short TGV train (less than an hour) to the city of Reims, where the bulk of the vineyards are located. Reims can easily be seen in a day-trip, and with all of the wine you'll want to sample, taking the train is probably the best (and safest) option.

Experience the vineyards

Some of the biggest names in luxury are located in Champagne, with winemakers such as Moet & Chandon, Taittinger, and Dom Pérignon all calling the region home. Most vineyards offer tastings or special workshops — Dom Pérignon, for example, offers four different experiences, including a variety of tastings and a tour of their abbey.

Champagne Armand de Brignac, a well-known vineyard known as "the Ace of Spades" for its logo, teamed up with Chef Arnaud Lallement (of the Michelin-starred L'Assiette Champenoise) to debut a luxury tasting menu of five Champagnes alongside French delicacies. The 500 euro per person tasting is available at the eponymous hotel.

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Visit the city and surrounding attractions

Most restaurants around town offer Champagnes by the glass, so you can sample the fruits of nearby vineyards while enjoying classic brasserie food at restaurants like Le Boulingrin.

The nearby Reims Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece, akin to Notre Dame, open to visitors from around the world. The 800-year-old church is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Learn to open and store your bottles

Whether you're taking home bottles after a jaunt in Reims or buying them at your local liquor shop, opening and storing them properly can greatly affect the taste.

Moët & Chandon winemaker Marie-Christine Osselin warns against storing champagne in the refrigerator for long periods of time, telling the Huffington Post that it's better to chill Champagne in an ice bucket for 15 to 20 minutes before drinking it. Leaving Champagne in the refrigerator for too long can cause the wine to oxidize faster and change its flavors, she said.

After chilling — and to avoid injuring either yourself or loved ones — always open a bottle of Champagne by twisting the bottle, not the cork itself.

Make your own Champagne cocktails

While Champagne can be savored on its own, try an even more festive take on the celebratory drink by enjoying it in a cocktail. Gin-lovers will go wild for the French 75, while fans of vintage cocktails are sure to love the Ingrid Bergman, found at Manhattan's Slowly Shirley bar.

Visit your local Champagne bar

Sipping Champagne is not an activity exclusively reserved for the French, or even Manhattanites. Wine-lovers can find excellent Champagne bars in cities like Portland, Oregon, and Atlanta (grab a table at Buckhead's Vine & Tap for a trio of bubblies and $1 oysters).


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United's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
  • 2
    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
  • 6
    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020


Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

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