French Culture & Savoir‐Faire

Savoie Raclette, which just obtained protected designation of origin status last month, is a tender cheese with a marked and balanced taste, and an aromatic richness. This cheese is primarily made in the regions of the French Alpes ( Savoie, Haute Savoie and small parts of the Ain and Isère departments of east-central France). To […]

The French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO), a public agency under the authority of the French Ministry of Agriculture, which implements public policies relating to official signs of quality and origin ( geographic indications, “red label,” organic farming) , released its report detailing actions taken in 2015, the year of the organization’s 80th […]

Near the small town of Beaune, in the rolling countryside of the Burgundy wine-producing region of east-central France, wine-makers produce wines that are known around the world. The winemaking region of the Côte de Beaune appellations is about 12 miles long, from north to south. Facing the sun in the morning, the wine lands do […]

Salers cheese is a French semi-hard cheese made primarily with the milk of the Salers breed of cattle, both of which are named after a small village of the same name. It has a thick, dried crust and is made in the form of a large cylinder which is then cut into smaller sizes for […]

Which wine should you pair with which cheese? It’s a question that never fails to come up when planning get-togethers with family and friends. Choosing appropriate pairings can pose a bit of a problem. You may have heard that Sancerre marries well with goat cheese, red Burgundy will help tame the flavors of a bold […]

Sancerre wines are a family of white, red and rosé wines produced in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region of France (center of France) around the town of Sancerre, where it gets its name, in the famed Loire River valley wine region. The wines are described as having fruity, highly aromatic flavors that pair well with many different […]

Côtes du Rhône wines are made along the banks of the Rhône river in southeastern France. Wines in this category include reds, whites and rosés. Côtes du Rhône wines, which translates as “slopes” or “hills of the Rhône” in English, have benefited from a protected designation of origin status since 1937, and have been produced […]

Coteaux du Layon is a sweet white wine made in the Loire Valley of western France. Known as the “Garden of France,” the Loire Valley is famed for its stunning castles, breathtaking scenery and its high quality wine and agricultural production. The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Coteaux du Layon […]

France, rich in the diversity of its different types of agriculture, the abundance of its culinary cultures and the vitality of its gastronomic heritage, adopts several living tools dedicated to the culinary cultures of France and of the world. In total, four cities – Tours, Paris-Rungis, Dijon and Lyon, have brought together their collective energy […]

Mimolette cheese is a type of pasteurized cow’s cheese made in the north of France mostly near the city of Lille (which is where it gets its other name: Boule de Lille), although it is also made in nearby Lorraine and Normandy. The cheese varies from firm to crunchy and is said to have a […]