A Champagne Diary: 3 Grapes, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, a Bit of Chocolate, and...

“Drink the wine, not the label” is both a lofty and a homey approach to wine, and nowhere is that more important than with...

Radiating from Paris: Our Glorious Ladies of Gothic Architecture (Part II: Reims, Amiens, Practical...

France Revisited pays homage to that great Gothic monument at the center of the capital and to four other Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedrals within 100 miles of Paris in a two-part article. Part II below concerns Notre-Dames of Reims and Amiens and includes practical tips for visiting all five. Part I concerns Notre-Dames of Paris, Laon and Chartres.

Half-timbered Houses in Troyes, Champagne

Half-timbered houses of the 15th to 19th centuries can be found throughout France, yet Troyes is among best places to appreciate their pastel charms.

Dom Pérignon and the Birth of Champagne

As cellar master at the Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers, Dom Pérignon was instrumental in development of clear, bubbly, cork-popping Champagne.

Vincent Dallet, Master Pastissier-Chocolatier in Epernay, and His Recipe for Champagne Biscuits (Biscuits Roses)

Vincent Dallet invites us into his pastry and chocolate school in Epernay to make the Champagne region's famous "biscuits roses" or "biscuits roses de Reims," known in English as champagne biscuits, and shares the recipe with our readers.

The Birthplace of Bubbles: An Introduction to Champagne

This article provides an overview of the Champagne region for travelers looking to visit its winegrowing zones over the course of a day or...

The French Ardennes, Part 3: The Meuse, Sedan, More Beer and the Big Boar

In which the author continues his beer travels in the Ardennes and finds quirky bars, aspiring breweries, a magnificent view over the Meuse and an enormous boar named Woinic.

The French Ardennes, Part 2. Charleville-Mézières: Place Ducale and the Bare-Ass Casserole

On the Place Ducale, the great square of Charleville-Mézières, the author tries the Ardennes' celebrated bare-ass casserole and encounters men and women in colorful robes and floppy hats during the Festival des Confréries.

‘Tis the Season of Christmas Markets in France

A tour of some of France’s most lively of the Christmas markets: Alsace (Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse), Champagne (Reims), Provence (Avignon, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence) and Paris.

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