Friuli’s reputation is often dwarfed by its larger neighbor Veneto, but despite the region’s lesser renown Friuli is full of top-quality producers, and increasingly conscientious growers who work to organic and bio-dynamic principles. French varieties have been planted for years in this part of north-east Italy, which borders Slovenia and Austria and is merely an […]
Vinegar is the son of wine Sherry Vinegar, despite belonging to a wide family of quality fruit, wine, malt and rice based vinegars, is renowned in the gastronomy world for its intense and complex flavors. Every food professional, from 3 Michelin starred chefs to trainee sous chefs are aware of its great culinary potential. It […]
When connoisseurs think of caviar, their thoughts naturally always turn to Russia, and in particular to the luxurious caviar produced from the Beluga Huso huso sturgeon in the Caspian sea. Its fame and exquisite flavor has ensured that this gastronomic delicacy fetches a princely sum, usually retailing at around €8,000 per kilogram. But, due to […]
Served either as a pre-dinner aperitif or as a post-meal digestive, Italian liquors have a hallowed place in the country’s culture and cuisine. Many types of liquors are based on age-old recipes that people once made in their homes, using the ingredients on hand. These days, plenty of large firms produce liquors for consumption at […]
Who hasn’t heard of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon? These French grapes are world renowned and planted across the globe in both hemispheres. Herewith is a list of some more of the most famous and also lesser known grapes from France, from Alicante Bouschet to Viognier Armagnac – High quality grape brandy from Gascony Appellation d’ […]
We have drawn up this handy French food glossary with many ingredients you are likely to see on the menu while vacationing in France or even on a French menu closer to home. It includes the essential French food words, helping you make the most of your French food and dining experiences. Please let us […]
White Chardonnay– the traditional white grape of Burgundy (such as Chablis), Chardonnay is grown all over France and is probably the most famous white varietal in the world today. Chenin blanc– used frequently in the Loire Valley (where it is also called Pineau de la Loire). Used to make both delicious dry wines as well […]
Ireland is experiencing an artisan cheese Renaissance and it has never been a better time to enjoy the wide range of super high quality cheeses on offer. Renowned for its high quality dairy, pristine grazing lands and clean air, Ireland is a natural destination for top notch cheesemaking. Producers like Gubbeen, Cashel Blue and Durrus […]
By Martina Hemm French liqueurs have made their mark on history and our palates. A good French liqueur is not just an aperitif but a good conversation starter as well. From homemade to age old distilleries, from politically to morally provocative, public opinion on French liqueurs has always been in motion, while their essence remains […]
It’s a heady experience to be in the center of a bustling French food market – the jostling crowds, good natured banter and most importantly; the tables sagging under piles of every conceivable type of produce available. From Provence to Burgundy, the Loire to Bordeaux, France has retained its reputation as a gourmet’s paradise: Visitors […]
Truffles, and in particular the black truffles of Périgord are considered by many to be the Holy Grail of fine dining, an epicurean’s dream come true! Their incredibly refined aromas and flavors – often described as chocolate and earth – are as highly prized as any flavours found in a three Michelin starred kitchen, indeed […]
France is justly world-renowned for the quality of its cuisine – the freshness and diversity of its ingredients, often chosen that day from local markets that are used to create such a variety of fantastic dishes. We owe France so much in food terms and, of course, there’s the wine! And yet, when it comes […]
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