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Crillon le Brave announces Provençal Truffle Hunting & Wine Weekends for February & March 2015

Following the continued success of their sell-out truffle hunting packages, luxury boutique hotel Crillon le Brave has shared the dates for their 2015 truffle hunting weekends that include truffle hunting and preparation, wine-tasting, and a visit to the local antique market for the ultimate Provençal experience.

Located 25 miles northeast of Avignon, in the scenic area of south-eastern France, Crillon le Brave is the ideal luxury escape, a 34-room boutique hotel bursting with charm and boasting high quality service and food. Some of the best truffles of France can be found in Provence, nearby Crillon le Brave, an area which is known for its high quality produce and agricultural production. Crillon le Brave is now offering two English speaking wine and truffle hunting weekends for the early 2015 diary.

Eric Jaumard, Provence’s truffle expert, has teamed up with Crillon le Brave and will be leading the two extraordinary truffle hunting experiences on Friday morning with his trusted dog. Guests will go hunting for truffles with Eric followed by a rustic lunch. Following an exhilarating morning foraging for truffles with the expert truffier, guests will have an afternoon at their leisure to do as much or as little as they like before a delicious dinner at Crillon le Brave.

During the Saturday morning of the truffle hunting and wine weekend, guests will learn how to cook and prepare truffles during a cooking demonstration with Crillon le Brave’s Head Chef, Jérôme Blanchet. Jérôme will be teaching guests his secrets behind creating his signature truffle dishes such as: Duck foie gras pot au feu (beef broth) with black truffle potato gnocchi. Following Jérôme’s cooking demonstration guests will have the opportunity to spend the afternoon visiting Châteauneuf-du-Papes’s finest winery estates, where they will taste a selection of sumptuous local red and white wines.

To conclude a magical evening, guests will be treated to a delicious truffle infused dinner at Crillon le Brave.

Waking up on Sunday morning, guests arise to the outstanding views surrounding the hotel and can make the most of the local environment by making their own way to the famous antiques shops and Sunday morning farmer’s market and stands in the scenic l'Isle sur la Sorgue. Regarded as the antique capital of the region, the “Venice of Provence,” l'Isle sur la Sorgue is named after the clear water canals that run through the pretty town.

Crillon le Brave’s English-speaking truffle-hunting and wine weekends are for groups of up to 16 people and will be running from:
-          Thursday 26th February – Sunday 1st March
-          Thursday 12th March – Sunday 15th March

For French speakers, there is also an additional French-speaking truffle and wine weekend:
-          Thursday 5th – 8th March

The three-day programme includes four fantastic events: truffle hunting with one of Provence’s great truffiers, a wine visit and tasting at one of Châteauneuf-duPape’s finest estates, a truffle cooking demonstration with Jérôme Blanchet, and a visit to Provence’s antique capital l'Isle sur la Sorgue. Crillon le Brave’s truffle-hunting and wine weekends are available for 1,220 euros/ £945 for two people sharing a standard or 1,460 euros/ £1,130 for a deluxe.

The package does not include: lunches (except for lunch with Eric Jaumard following the truffle hunting), wine and additional beverages, transport to and from Crillon le Brave, mini bar or other personal items. Crillon le Brave recommends that guests hire their own car during their stay.

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