A visit to Ruinart, Reims, France

I arrived at the grand courtyard outside Ruinart (“ree-u-nah”) and out walked Domenico. Domenico, my guide for this visit, is a trilingual lawyer in training, with perfect Italian English accent and an impressive memory for details. He and the entrance of Ruinart seemed more like a scene from a movie.  But this is Champagne after […]

A visit to Moët & Chandon, Épernay, France

In the US, over half of the champagne sold is Moët & Chandon. We see this brand everywhere. So for me, a visit to Champagne would not be complete without a visit to the champagne house in Épernay. Here they produce over 26 million bottles per year, making them the world’s number one champagne producer. But […]

A visit to Veuve Clicquot, Reims, France

Even you don’t know a lot about Veuve Clicquot I’m sure you’ve seen the yellow-label.  Lined up alongside other top Champagnes like Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Pommery and Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot’s yellow is hard to miss. I hadn’t thought much more about it until I stumbled across The Widow Clicquot, by Tilar Mazzeo. This is the fascinating true story […]