French Culture & Savoir‐Faire

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 […]

France officially opened its newest tourist attraction May 31 in the city of Bordeaux, the global 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. French President François Hollande officially inaugurated the exhibition center […]

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. It is a soft cheese that is cylindrical in shape and is white in color, although the color of the crust can vary […]

The Perigord walnut is an extremely healthy and versatile nut grown in southwestern France. Perigord is the old name for this region, which is now usually referred to in English as the Dordogne. Most of the Perigord walnut production area is located in the Dordogne department, but there are also significant amounts produced in the […]

This past March 21st marked the second annual Good France/Goût de France event, which celebrates French gastronomy through a unique event that brings together thousands of people all around the world around a meal based on the tradition and innovation of French cuisine. Dinners served simultaneously in participating restaurants honored the merits of French cuisine, […]

Abondance cheese (PDO)

April 15, 2016

Abondance cheese is a semi-hard cheese with a subtle hazelnut flavor that is often enjoyed as is or melted. It has enjoyed Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status since 1990, meaning that it can only be made in a certain geographical area using time-tested traditional methods of production. It gets its name from one of […]

Red Chinon wine, which benefits from protected designation of origin (PDO) status, is a wine from the famed wine-producing Loire Valley of center western France. The links to terroir of the Red Chinon wine region deeply affects the wines that are produced there with the geology of each part of the region modifying the taste […]