- Taking the bullet train from the airport to Reims at sunset after taking a red-eye from LAX.
- Having an appointment at biodynamic winery with Cyril Collard first thing in the morning where you get to meet the son and the father, visit the cellar, taste your first red wine made in Bouzy, Champagne, and learn how they moved from selling commercially made grapes to making their own biodynamic wines.
- Enjoying a leisurely lunch on the mainly pedestrian Place de Erlon in downtown Reims with a view of a famous fountain and sculpture.
- Using a tablet to take a tour of Reim’s Notre Dame Cathedral and downtown.
- Understanding because of the world wars why there’s so much art deco architecture and seeing vibrant color and art everywhere.
- Gazing on the Mars Arch from when Romans ruled the western world including this part of France.
- Resting in a hammock in the park near the Mars Arch.
- Meeting a friend at the L’Epicerie Au Bon Manger, a small epicurean market with exquisite humanely raised charcuterie and natural wines (and then learning you can support them during COVID-19 and order from them online!).
- Checking out the nightlife and wine bars after dark including the Glue Pot.
- A late night stop to check out — and participate in– the pressing of biodynamic grapes gravity fed into barrel.
All of this happened in our first 24 hours in and around Reims in the heart of Champagne, France! So while those of us in the US can’t travel to Reims right now, we will be able to again! In the meantime, enjoy these unexpected pleasures and put them on your to do list!
For more about sustainable, organic and biodynamic Champagne cuvees, read my interview with Caroline Henry here, and definitely check out her book, Terroir Champagne.
Read about our visit with Vincent Charlot here.
For more unexpected pleasures in Champagne, read about biodynamic Leclerc Briant and Epernay and see more photos from our visit to Cyril Collard in the invite post here.
Read the preview post and find the twitter chat questions here; you’re invited! Please join our twitter chat on Saturday 6/20/20 by following the hashtag #Winophiles. We’ll be live at 8am Pacific time!
Find more unexpected pleasures from these ten #Winophiles:
- From Martin: “Champagne Drappier’s Blanc de Quatre Blancs; A Taste of Champagne’s White Heirloom Grape Varieties” www.enofylzwineblog.com aka @martindredmond
- From Cam: “Pour un Pique-Nique Sur le Patio: Roasted Citrus Tart + Jacquart Brut Mosaique” on Culinary Adventures with Camilla https://culinary-adventures-with-cam.blogspot.com/ aka @Culinary_Cam
- From Cindy: “A Stroke of Serendipity – Discovering Champagne Louis Brochet Brut 1er Cru in London” aka @GrapeExp_Cindy on grape-experiences.com
- From Nicole: “A Super Fancy Pants Grilled Cheese Pairing: Salmon Caviar Croque-Monsieur with Charles Dufour Bulles de Comptoir 6 La Benjamine 2.0 Champagne” on SommsTable.com
- From Robin: “Champagne & BBQ, Chartogne-Taillet meets Rollin’ Smoke” aka @CrushGrapeChron at https://www.crushedgrapechronicles.com/
- From Terry: “Champagne and Sticky Asian Chicken Thighs: Whoa!” on Our Good Life Www.terristeffes.com
- From Jeff: “The Polar Opposite of House Style at Champagne Coessens” on “Food Wine Click!” https://foodwineclick.com/ aka @Foodwineclick
- From Katrina: “Seven is a Charm with Laherte Freres Les 7 Champagne” on https://thecorkscrewconcierge.com/ aka @corksconcierge
- From Susannah: “Falling In Love with Champagne: My First Visit to a Wine region” on avvinare
- From Sue and I: “10 of Champagne’s Unexpected Pleasures: 24 Hours in and around Reims, France for #Winophiles” and “Tasting Biodynamic Champagne with Philippe Lancelot” on winepredator.com aka @artpredator
As you can see, there’s a lot more to Champagne than sparkling wine!