Top Ten Most Expensive Champagnes

[Updated Nov 2017] Want to Splash out on Posh Bubbles? Here is a list of our suggested top (and most expensive) Champagnes… There is no questioning the marketing genius of the major Champagne houses. They have ensured that Champagne’s name continues to carry almost mystical properties for the vast majority of us, and it is […]

The rise and rise of the macaron

For many years, connoisseurs have been arguing over who makes the perfect macaron. 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 its […]

Best Boutique Hotels in Burgundy

Burgundy Hotels 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 luxury and comfort to rival any top 5-star hotel […]

Al Fresco Dining in Bordeaux

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 […]

Guide to French Caviar (Black Gold)

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 have ensured that this gastronomic delicacy fetches a princely sum, usually retailing at around €8,000 per kilogram. But, due to […]

French Wine A-Z Dictionary

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’ Origine Contrôlée – […]

French A-Z Name Food Dictionary / Glossary

We have drawn up this handy French food names list 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 […]

French Grape Varietals

White Grapes 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 […]

A Guide To The Best French Liqueurs

By Martina Hemm French liqueurs have made their mark on history and our palates. A good French liqueur is not just an aperitif but a good conversation starter as well. From homemade to age-old distilleries, from politically to morally provocative, public opinion on French liqueurs has always been in motion, while their essence remains the […]

French Sea Salt (Fleur de Sel)

It’s a heady experience to be in the center of a bustling French food market – the jostling crowds, good-natured banter, and most importantly, the tables sagging under piles of every conceivable type of product available. From Provence to Burgundy, the Loire to Bordeaux, France has retained its reputation as a gourmet’s paradise: Visitors far […]

A Guide To French Truffles (Black Diamonds)

Black Truffle from Perigord Truffles, particularly the black truffles of Périgord, are considered by many to be the Holy Grail of fine dining, an epicurean’s dream come true! Their incredibly refined aromas and flavors – often described as chocolate and earth – are as highly prized as any flavors found in a three Michelin starred […]

A Guide To French Olive Oil

France is justly world-renowned for the quality of its cuisine – the freshness and diversity of its ingredients, often chosen that day from local markets that are used to create such a variety of fantastic dishes. We owe France so much in food terms and, of course, there’s the wine! And yet, when it comes […]

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