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 […]
There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Champagne, the motherland of all sparkling wine, home to glamour, prestige and such iconic names as Dom Perignon. But Cremant, an often excellent quality (and value) sparkling wine that can be found across many of France’s most prestigious regions? You would hear a pin drop […]
What could be more romantic than waking up in luxury splendor with views of majestic vineyards or historic wine villages like St-Emilion? Wine lovers searching for a special weekend break this Valentine’s Day are spoilt for choice in France: will you spend the afternoon sipping Dom Perignon in the beautiful Champagne capital of Reims, or […]
To most people Bordeaux is probably the most well-known and celebrated of France’s great wine regions. This fame has chiefly spread because of Bordeaux’s red wines – few connoisseurs aren’t familiar with the names Lafite, Latour and Petrus. And with good reason, some of the world’s finest and noblest red wines are made in Bordeaux, […]
Were to Dine when Touring in Provence. “The French think mainly about two things – their two main meals,” a Parisian was once heard to say, and nowhere is this more true than in Provence. The undisputed European capital of summer tourism and arguably France’s most celebrated region, Provencal cuisine is now among the country’s […]
For many years, connoisseurs have been arguing over who makes the perfect macaron. For what is ‘merely’ a moreish concoction of egg whites, sugar, ground almonds and icing sugar has become something of a massive cult food item among patisserie lovers in recent times. Some would argue that this exquisitely formed, bite-size ‘meringue sandwich’ finds […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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