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Short Break to St Omer
St Omer in northern France is an unlikely deviation from our usual patch but there is method in our madness, and it is all to do with Burgundy wine. David and Lynne Hammond from Bringing Burgundy to You host wine tasting dinners at Le Cygne hotel, a great opportunity too to buy the wines on their buy and collect scheme.
Chablis is a great favourite and this tutored tasting will make you appreciate it, and want it, all the more. Compare "left bank" and "right bank" Premier Cru, where to find the best Petit Chablis and experience Chablis Grands Crus from some of BBTY's favourite Chablis growers. Following the tasting there will be a five-course dinner in Le Cygne’s stylish restaurant, paired with Burgundy wines. The restaurant uses fresh, regional ingredients to prepare creative and traditional dishes and the dinner will include a choice, plus local cheeses and superb deserts. The price of this is 125 euros a head including the tutored tasting. Burgundytoday readers are offered a 10% discount on the dinner price.
buy and collect scheme
With increasing wine duty and shipping costs, a buy and collect scheme has a lot to offer and is becoming very popular. You order the wine online and then hop across the Channel or over the border from other countries in Europe to collect your wine in France. There is no limit to the amount you can take home for personal use. So for a wedding or anniversary party, quality wines can be served at a substantial saving.
St. Omer is the collection point on designated days for the buy and collect scheme operated by Bringing Burgundy to You. These are wines from small independent producers in Burgundy, not readily available in the shops. You order online and then meet with David and Lynne Hammond in St. Omer, 45 minutes inland from Calais, on a pre-arranged day. If the dates are not convenient, or you prefer flexibility, you can pick up your wine at a time to suit you from Ardres between Calais and St. Omer from a local wine merchant in the town who stores the Burgundy wine for Bringing Burgundy to You for collection. There is no charge for orders over 300 euros.
about st omer
St Omer proves to be an interesting town for a short break - here are the highlights on offer. The town lies on the river Aa (above right) in a wetland area famed for its market gardening. Notre Dame cathedral towers above these marshlands and it is the centre-piece of the town where attractive yellow brick buildings predominate. There's the Saturday morning market for cheeses and charcuterie, cafes and shops and, of course, there's the pleasure of just being in France again.