It’s no secret – at least in Normandy – that Calvados is one of the world’s greatest spirits. An apple brandy indigenous to the French region of lower Normandy, Calvados has for centuries been an essential part of the social and gastronomic life in this part of France. Indeed, no feast in Normandy is complete […]
There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – two noble white varieties that have been grown, with great success, the world over. But what about Chenin Blanc, the great hero of the Loire Valley? You would hear a pin drop in the room for the embarrassed silence. Perhaps it’s a […]
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 […]
[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 the name Champagne continues to carry almost mystical properties for the vast majority of us, and it […]
Wine festivals are an integral part of winemaking tradition across both Europe and the New World, celebrating the culmination of months of hard work in the vineyard, with what should hopefully be a healthy and plentiful harvest. For winemakers, however, the hard work is just beginning; for visitors to the wine region, they offer a […]
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 […]
People always ask us “when is the best time to come to the wine country?” and the answer we always give is May or June for good weather and fewer crowds and of course September and October during the harvest time. Often, however, those months might not correspond to the vacation time available to you! […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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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