Tag Archives: Aquitaine

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, […]

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 […]

The Bayonne Ham (PGI)

May 6, 2015

A Culinary Heritage from the South East of France The Bayonne Ham is a thousand year-old tradition from the Adour river basin region. Famous French aristocrats –like Rabelais or the French king Henri IV – were very fond of this type of ham. Nowadays the Bayonne ham has a very good reputation all over Europe. […]

The Piment d’Espelette is a hot pepper that has been used for five centuries in a region of France called the Basque country (South West – bordering Spain). The cultivar was originally imported from South America in 1650 but it was quickly integrated into Basque culture as they replaced the pepper with the Espelette Chili […]

In the Southwest region of France called Aquitaine, bordering the largest European estuary named the Gironde, lies the small commune of Pauillac. This little community of around 5,000 people is home to one of the most highly-reputed vineyards for red wine in the country. All of 3000 acres of Pauillac vineyards are located within the […]

Pomerol (PDO)

May 5, 2015

Pomerol is a flavorful red wine from the “right bank” region of Bordeaux known as the Libournais, considered to be among the most reputable of the Bordeaux appellations. Its renown dates back to the 12th century, when the Knights Hospitaliers of the order of Saint-John of Jerusalem – the precursor to the Knights of Malta […]