Eating Out In Reims


  Reims is not short of good eateries varying from the top end Les Crayeres which held three Michlin stars from 1983 to 2003 to a simple but excellent oyster carts in Place Drouet d’Erlon. Here are two mid-range restaurants that will not break the bank and give you a lot of pleasure   Le Grande Café…

A Short Walk In Reims


This 2.5 km circular walk takes you to Place Drouet d’Erlon, Porte Mars, Museum of Surrender, The Market, the Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace   I first came to Reims in 1975 and was charmed. Since then, I have been a regular visitor to this lovely Champagne capital. I always stay at Hotel de la Paix,…

Tasting At Joseph Perrier


We left Riquewhir after breakfast and drove to Chalons-en-Champagne on the N59. The road first snaked through valleys and forests with birds and squirrels and then the tunnel under the Vosges Mountains to emerge on the other side to a sunlit autumnal landscape. The 300 km journey took three and half hours. Just after Nancy,…

Clos de Goisses


Clos de Gooses – One of Champagne’s greatest terroirs… The noise surrounding single vineyard Champagnes has never been louder – a trend driven initially (and seemingly paradoxically) by the larger houses, then more recently by the growers. One of the original single vineyard sites, if not actually the first (that honour goes to Clos du…

Bringing Napa to Champagne


“During a short visit to London last week, managing director Stanislas Thiénot revealed that Thiénot is about to start construction on a first for the Champagne region – a fine wine cellar and Champagne experience in Reims city centre, close to the cathedral. He says they’ve been inspired by the Napa Valley model, where tourism…