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Discover some of France’s traditional food products, one month at a time!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]