Rhone, Champagne & Burgundy – Day 8


  Adieu Reims… They left Reims in the late morning. Some walked to the Saturday market to buy seasonal produce for a picnic lunch en route to Zeebrugge. This is the time of year for fresh, soft, creamy walnuts you could break open with your bare hands. Some had another look at the Chagall stained glass windows…

Rhone, Champagne & Burgundy – Day 7


Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet I like grower champagnes and Gimonnet is one of my favourite grower-producers. Every time I am in the Champagne region, I visit Didier Gimonnet in Cuis to taste and chat. Often, he gives me lunch as well. Cuis, in the Cote de Blancs, is a Premier Cru Village. Champagne, unlike other wine regions…

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…