Product of the Month

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

This famous poultry with its red crown, white feathers and especially blue feet comes from the French department of Ain. Its origin goes back to 1591 when it was mentioned for the first time in the municipal registers of the city of Bourg-en-Bresse, in eastern France. To thank the Marquis de Treffort for having pushed […]

Comté Cheese (PDO)

May 6, 2015

The Comté, a word meaning ‘county’ in French, is made with unpasteurized cow’s milk that must be produced in Jura (Mountains in the East of France). The Comté is the first French cheese to have been given the seal of quality: AOC in 1958. This law was created to link the cheese and its method […]

This wine made in the south east of France, around five towns in the department Vaucluse, is also the first French good to have been protected by a quality sign. It is actually thanks to some defenders of the wine, that the French label, Controlled Designation of Origin, was created in 1936. The Birth of […]

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 […]