We visited the house of Ruinart in Reims, France when we were in Paris last October. Reims is pronounced ‘Rhance’ for those planning a visit. It’s a town in the heart of champagne production and Ruinart is the oldest champagne house in France. The tour took us into the chalk caves and at the end, we enjoyed a few glasses of their wonderful bubbly. For anyone that doesn’t think they like champagne, this is the one you should try. This Rose is a creamy, strawberry-vanilla with a crisp finish that stands well on its own, with a risotto, or cheese as well. Opening it up reminded me of our tour at Ruinart and the wonderful hostess we had there. On a side note, Ruinart’s new cellarmaster spent time at Schramsberg in Calistoga, CA. It will be another 10 years before we see the fruits of his labor. Ruinart isn’t a bargain, but for a special occasion, it fits the bill nicely.