A remarkable amount of knowledge has been shared, debated and contradicted on the subject of food and wine pairing, useful albeit loosely defined principles and tips that can help us enjoy both the food and the wine, rather than letting one suppress the other. Open an expensive bottle of St-Emilion, eat a flaming hot Mexican […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is a useful Portuguese to English glossary and menu decoder. Print it out and use it on your next trip to Portugal. Bom apetite! Cooking Methods assado – roasted caseiro – home-made cozido – boiled espetada – on the spit estufada – stewed frito – fried grelhado – grilled brasa – on the charcoal […]
Our best memory of Portuguese food was a spectacularly juicy steak served with a luscious red wine from the Alentejo, while watching an exquisite Fado performance at Cafe Luso in Lisbon. What can top that gastronomic memory? Portuguese food is fairly unknown, and what a pity as there are so many delicious dishes. Seafood and […]
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Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).