• France officially opened its newest tourist attraction May 31 in Bordeaux, the cultural capital of wine. La Cité du Vin, a cross between a theme park and a museum, is entirely dedicated to one of the most quintessentially French products – wine.
  • During a visit earlier this month by French Minister for International Trade, Matthias Fekl, Napa Valley wine makers expressed to him their strong support for expanding and protecting the use of geographic indications (GIs) in the United States.
  • The French Ministry of Agriculture has announced its key proposals for what the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should prioritize for 2020 and beyond to better meet the common agricultural needs of the EU of the future.
  • The French government recently made some important announcements about the 4 per 1000 Initiative for Food Security and Climate, which aims to reduce climate change by increasing carbon sequestration in soils.
  • The French organic agriculture industry moved into high speed in 2015, the organic food agency "Agence Bio" announced at the end of May.
  • Munster cheese – not to be confused with mild-tasting American Muenster cheese – is a strong-tasting cow’s milk cheese made in the Vosges Mountains, in eastern France near the border with Germany.


  • “Have fun at the cafeteria” (part 1)
  • “Have fun at the cafeteria” (part 2)
  • Dr. Shoemaker explains the French notion of “Terroir”
  • The History of Crêpe