French Brandy: Cognac vs Armagnac

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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 […]

Guide on how to buy wine in Bordeaux

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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 […]

The many beautiful wine villages of Alsace

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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 […]

The best of Normandy’s cheeses

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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 […]

Champagne cocktails

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The revolution that has swept through the cocktail world over the last 15 years is nothing short of remarkable. Once regarded as a largely conservative sphere, today’s emphasis on story-telling and sensory drinks would certainly surprise any time-traveling mixologist from the 1960s. So too would the sophisticated execution and design of modern cocktail concepts; the […]

Top Red Burgundies

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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 […]

Bordeaux grapes – A Masterclass

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What makes a wine region like Bordeaux truly exceptional? It takes an ensemble of different elements – namely outstanding terroir, winemaking, and historical pedigree – bound together in perfection, to forge something far greater than the sum of their parts. However, for all that, regions such as Bordeaux would be nothing, or indeed taste very […]

The Wines of Alsace a Hidden Treasure

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Alsace is one of France’s great unsung wine heroes. Lost in the excitement over Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne, the Alsace region just quietly gets on with the business of making piercingly aromatic, unique and simply exquisite wines. It is also one of France’s most spectacular places to visit, with the splendor of the Voges mountains […]

48 Hours in Champagne

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Why go now? What does the name Champagne mean to you? – is it simply a glamorous product, a must-have accessory at celebrations or a famous icon? The answer is, of course, all of the above, but crucially for the savvy globetrotter; Champagne is a fascinating region to visit, full of historical towns and villages, […]

Must Visit: Most beautiful villages in Burgundy

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Today’s Burgundy is undoubtedly the most captivating and idyllic wine region in France. The tiny vineyards in each of Burgundy’s wine-producing regions, from Chablis in the north to Beaujolais in the south are producing wines that, at their best, are unequaled anywhere on earth. Gourmets and wine lovers flock to these vineyards each year, village […]

Fabulous Ethnic & International Restaurants in Paris

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As one of the undisputed food capitals of the world, Paris rarely disappoints gastronomes in search of a memorable dining experience. Of course, it pays to have a recommendation; Paris, like all international cities, has more than its fair share of rip-off dives, only frequented by unsuspecting tourists. But at its best, Paris is unrivaled […]

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