Best Boutique Hotels in Burgundy

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Visitors to this enticing wine and gastronomic paradise have never had it so good in terms of accommodation choices. Over the past 15 years, both Burgundians and outsiders have invested considerable sums in modernizing and updating the region’s hotels for the 21st century, offering both luxury and comfort to rival any top 5-star hotel in […]

Al Fresco Dining in Bordeaux

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What lovelier town to dine Al Fresco, than the mythical wine hub of Bordeaux, a mini Paris! Bordeaux is far more than just the world’s most renowned wine region. It competes with the city of Lyon for the title of France’s most important gastronomic center, after Paris of course. Locals are justifiably proud of their […]

Guide to French Caviar (Black Gold)

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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 […]

French Wine A-Z Dictionary

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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’ […]

French A-Z Food Dictionary

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This handy printable French- English food glossary has many ingredients you are likely to see on the menu while vacationing in France or even on a French menu closer to home. Let us know if we should add any foods to the list! A-D Abati’s – Giblets Abdelavis – Jerusalem melon Abricot – Apricot Acajou […]

French Grape Varietals

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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 […]

A Guide To French Liqueurs

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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 […]

French Sea Salt (Fleur de Sel)

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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 […]

A Guide To French Truffles (Black Diamonds)

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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 […]

A Guide To French Olive Oil

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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 […]

A Guide To French Hams

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While Spain and Italy may be some of Europe’s more famed cured ham producers, France offers food lovers some stellar versions. The ancient port city of Bayonne at the heart of the French Basque country has been preparing succulent hams since at least the 12th century. Indeed, today raw speciality Bayonne Ham is renowned as […]

A Guide to French Chocolate

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The best French chocolate is a decadent indulgence of the highest order. The Swiss and Belgians would no doubt disagree, but there is no denying that some of the world’s best chocolatiers reside in France. Of course, other countries are more renowned for their famous chocolate brands, whilst the French have largely kept their fantastic […]

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