What is Dijon Mustard, and how is it used? What is the sacred trinity of the Burgundian culinary tradition? Many would argue that it is beef, red wine, and cheese – the red wines of Chambertin, Musigny, and Volnay are as highly prized as the legendary dish Boeuf Bourguignon, particularly if it is made using […]
Cassis White Wines At first glance, there are few surprises left in French viticulture. The wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and indeed Provence are globally renowned – Pauillac, Blanc de Blancs Champagne, and Provencal rose are as much cultural icons, as they are wine styles. Yet, with real effort, there are still undiscovered regions and terroirs […]
The infamous white wines of Burgundy The status and reverence given to the superlative white wines of Burgundy are arguably under threat. California, Australia, New Zealand, and other European regions have proven that you can coax great class and refinement out of Chardonnay grown worldwide. It is simply undeniable that Burgundy no longer has a […]
Top Cognac Brands Cognac is as much a cultural icon as it is a luxurious brandy. Even before you have sampled any of the local firewater, there is a gorgeous, historic town to get to grips with, comfortably situated in the sorely underrated Charentes region of France. There, you’ll discover ancient cellars and traditions, gourmet […]
Provencal Food Guide What is Provence’s inimitable quality, which lures back the same discerning travelers year after year? Many would argue that it is the gorgeous natural setting – few can resist the rolling lavender fields, adorable villages, vine-covered hills, and azure blue skies. French artist Henri Matisse, a former resident, famously said that it […]
Michelin Star Restaurants in Lyon 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 undoubtedly true that Paris boasts more Michelin stars than any other French city. Many people, including respected food critics […]
Which are the best wineries to visit in Bordeaux? Over the past ten years, a remarkable transformation has swept across Bordeaux, as chateaux owners wake up to the value of oenotourism. “Bordeaux realizes that we need to embrace, not just accept tourists,” observed Angelus owner Hubert de Bouard in June 2019. This philosophy is spreading […]
Prettiest Villages in Provence 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. Yet, the region has retained its allure and unique charm, […]
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 […]
Most Visit Villages of Alsace Beautiful scenery, superlative gastronomy, vibrant culture, and, of course, world-class Riesling – Alsace has it all. A signposted Route du Vins takes a meandering path 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 […]
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 […]
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