Over the past 10 years, a remarkable transformation has swept across Bordeaux, as chateaux owners wake up to the value of oenotourism. “Bordeaux is realizing that we need to embrace, not just accept tourists,” observed Angelus owner Hubert de Bouard in June 2019, a philosophy which is spreading across the wider region like wildfire. This […]
The cliché is world-renowned. The imagery more potent than any other in France: perfect blue skies, endless lavender fields, exquisite gastronomy and some of Europe’s most picturesque villages. With such high expectations from first-time visitors, Provence could be a major anticlimax, and yet the region has retained its allure and unique charm, despite the growing […]
Irish whiskey can never be pigeonholed. The variety of styles, malts, blends and price points ensures that there is an Irish whiskey for every occasion. It lends itself to being served neat, with ice, with a combination of mixers or, most excitingly of all, as the cornerstone of a great whiskey cocktail. For while bartenders […]
Sightseeing and wine drinking – is there a more perfect combination in life? Even Bacchus, the god of wine, would envy a road trip through Tuscany’s wine heartlands, marveling at the most spectacular scenery on earth. To taste, drink and dine exceedingly well, this magical land has no peers. For who could resist the rolling […]
The respective merits of Cognac and Armagnac Ask any resident of Gascony which is better: Cognac or Armagnac? “Armagnac, of course,” they will chant. “It slips down just as smoothly as the more heavily produced and marketed Cognac to the north.” That may well be true, however, there are key differences between these two noble […]
Thinking of Buying Wine While in Bordeaux? Bordeaux is more than a wine. It is an interconnected universe of interests, all focused on producing the finest red and white wines in the world. An army of growers, winemakers, researchers, cellar masters, owners, global investors, and consultants dedicate their lives to the transformation of grapes into […]
In the space of just over twenty years, a remarkable resurgence in the quality and quantity of luxury Spanish wine hotels has ensured that Spain is now at the forefront of global wine tourism. Pioneers like Marques de Riscal, Abadia Retuerta, and Castilla Termal have given the industry a much-needed boost with their natural talent […]
Beautiful scenery, superlative gastronomy, vibrant culture and, of course, world-class Riesling – Alsace has it all. A signposted Route du Vins takes a meandering course the whole length of the Alsace wine country, calling at some of the prettiest wine towns in the world. Between the villages, the high-trained vines block out the view along […]
Cream, apples, and seafood may form the holy trinity of Norman cuisine, but the region’s signature cheeses are the main reason gastronomes flock to this part of France. The former French President Charles de Gaulle, expostulating on the inability of anyone to unite the French on a single issue after WWII, famously grumbled: “You cannot […]
It’s no secret – at least in Normandy – that Calvados is one of the world’s greatest spirits. An apple brandy indigenous to the French region of lower Normandy, Calvados has for centuries been an essential part of the social and gastronomic life in this part of France. Indeed, no feast in Normandy is complete […]
Tradition or experimentation? Classical dishes and drinks, or daring new ideas? Christmas is a season which celebrates the best of food and drink, but also poses that thorny question about whether to play it safe or venture into the unknown. Roast turkey with all the trimmings and a top-end Burgundy, or beef brisket and Vega […]
To the uninitiated, the hype and furor surrounding red Burgundy and its legendary vineyards must be quite mystifying. Indeed, 21st-century collectors will pay (almost) any price for rare vintages at auction – the wines of Chambertin, La Tache and Musigny often sell for crown jewel prices. The Chinese elite, in particular, has gone crazy for […]
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