The question of Lyon’s gastronomic credentials is the cause of much consternation in fierce rival Paris. That city lays claim to being the food capital of the world, and it is certainly true that Paris boasts more Michelin stars than any other French city. Yet many people, including respected food critics and writers, believe France’s […]
After a period of bartender and consumer indifference, vermouth is now achingly trendy again. “Me pones un vermut,” or “give me a glass of vermouth” is a phrase you’ll hear constantly in Spain. Indeed, there is nothing more in vogue than sipping vermouth in tapas bars across the Iberian peninsula, while the Italians have long […]
At first glance, “how to drink whiskey” is a topic worthy of ridicule. Open bottle, pour the liquid into glass and sip – surely that’s all that is required to appreciate this noble brown spirit? Yet while a guide to drinking whiskey might appear akin to an instruction manual on how to open a front […]
What could be more romantic that enjoying glorious autumn recipes in cozy surroundings, paired with a glass of something spectacular, of course? For as the days shorten and the temperature drops, our thoughts turn to hearty, rich dishes like venison and guinea fowl, roast chestnuts and that most decadent of gastronomic indulgences – truffles. Indeed, […]
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 […]
Cider, called Sidra in Spanish, is produced all over the north of Spain, mainly in Asturias. In Asturias, the main centers of production and apple orchards are around the towns of Nava and Villaviciosa, and also close to the city of Gijòn. In addition to its natural homeland in Asturias, cider also has quite a […]
Prosecco is not only a delightful bubbly good on its own as well as part of the famed Bellini cocktail; it is also a fantastic wine to use for cooking. Here are a few easy and sophisticated recipes to try your hand at: Scallops and Prosecco Ingredients: 400 grams cleaned scallops 600 grams steamed green […]
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 […]
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