Product of the Month

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

This month, we celebrate champagne (as known as “vin de Champagne”), a world-famous sparkling wine produced in the northeast of France, approximately 90 miles from Paris. From the coronation of French kings to the consecration of international treaties, all historical events are celebrated with a glass of champagne and today, it is the symbol of […]

Roquefort (PDO)

May 6, 2015

Terroir and Origin Roquefort obtained the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in 1925. It is made exclusively from whole, raw milk from Lacaune ewes, the only breed of ewe capable of withstanding the region’s extremes of climate. Although the milk used to make Roquefort is collected in a specific mountains area from the south of France, […]

Ossau Iraty is the proud product of the French Basque Country and the nearby Béarn region in southwestern France. It is made with the milk of Manech and Basco-Bearnaise ewes, and was granted PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status, illustrating its quality and excellence by guaranteeing the origin of the milk and the production process, […]

Pelardon is a high-quality cheese of the French terroir, labeled by the Protected Designation of Origin sign. The name “Pélardon” was not officially adopted until the 19th century. Prior to then, the cheese was known by a variety of names, including Paraldon, Pelardou and Peraudou. Pelardon is a high-quality cheese of the French terroir, labeled […]

The Guérande salt marshes and their history The Guérande salt marshes are located in southern Brittany, a region in north-west France, between the mouths of the rivers Loire and Vilaine, along the Atlantic Ocean. They form a very large wetland zone, stretching nearly 5,000 acres across 9 communes (French municipalities), from Guérande (in the south) […]

Reblochon cheese is a high-quality cheese of the French terroir. Its Designated zone of Origin covers about 184 villages in the ”départements” of Savoie and Haute-Savoie and its name derives from the patois term “reblocher” which means to milk the cow a second time. With a reddish-orange-washed rind, and thin layer of mold, Reblochon is […]

What does “Vin de Primeur” Mean ? A “vin de primeur” is a wine which may, under condition of “Appellation d’origine protégée” (AOP) regulations, be sold in the same year in which its grapes were harvested. These are fruity and aromatic wines with refreshing acidity.   A Little History The occupation of France by the […]

Morbier Cheese (PDO)

May 6, 2015

Morbier cheese is a cheese made from cow’s milk, with an uncooked, pressed texture, which has a disc-like shape of 11.8 to 15.7 inches of diameter, a height of 2 to 3.1 inches and a weight of 11 to 17.6 lbs. It features slightly rounded sides. Its natural, smooth rind has a color that varies […]

Sauternes is a famous French sweet wine. It is gold-colored and a classic dessert wine. Traditionally, it is consumed chilled and is also served as an apéritif or to accompany foie gras. The sweetness of this wine is due to the interaction of several factors, including the amount of sugar and the relative levels of […]

History The history of wines in the Alsace region, located on France’s eastern border, is not new. By the end of the first millennium, 160 Alsace villages were already growing vines and, by the Middle Ages, Alsatian wines were among the most highly prized in all of Europe. Ideally suited to the cultivation of the […]