French Gastronomy

France isn’t nicknamed the “land of a thousand cheeses” for nothing. Every last corner of the country is brimming with homegrown produce and its art de la table is the envy of the world. From the red label and ‘Organic Agriculture’ stamp to the AOP and AOC appellations, countless designations ensure the protection and guarantee the origin and traceability of its cheeses, renowned wines and other gourmet staples.

French food is known around the world for its finesse and flavor. There are many dishes that are considered part of French national cuisine today. A meal often consists of three courses, hors d'oeuvre or entrée (introductory course, sometimes soup), plat principal (main course), fromage (cheese course) or dessert, sometimes with a salad offered before the cheese or dessert.

French food relies on simple combinations of rich, natural flavors that come together to create unforgettable, internationally-renowned dishes.

For many people, their introduction to French food comes in the shape of wine and cheese. From brie and Burgundy to camembert and Chardonnay, there are plenty of delicious pairings to choose from. But there’s a whole world of French cuisine beyond the cheese board.

Some of the richest gastronomic products in France come from the Loire region. Truffles in particular are a popular item that is celebrated each winter with festivals and markets hosted in many of the local towns and villages. Cheese, fruit and nuts are amongst the other produce from this wonderful region.

The Loire Valley is known for its game meats, like quail, pheasants, deer, and boar, hunted in the nearby forests of the Sologne. In a country celebrated for cheese, Paris has a spectacular selection of cheeses and of course the breads to accompany these tasty morsels.

Indulge in something sweet

There are many sweet delights to tantalize the taste buds in Paris with cafe's producing sumpuous pastries and deserts from fruit delights - raspberries, apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and cherries. Local strawberries are famous throughout France in the summer.


What to Drink

The Loire Valley produces some of France's best wines with over 51 different appellations and is especially renowned for its white wines. You'll find local wines in restaurants and bistros but don't miss out on visiting the wineries in the area with over 1,000 wineries available for sampling their produce. Your wine tour can be a history tour as well with some wineries being located in enchanting medieval villages and historic chateaus. To the east, you can discover the town of Sancerre with its wines produced from the Sauvignon grape. To the west, the area around Nantes produces Muscadet and in the centre Saumur produces sparkling wines, red Cabernet Franc and white Chenin blanc. Touraine wines are one of the popular wines across France using an expansive palette of grape varieties providing an unforgettable wine experiences for any wine lover. Touraine wines a very open, fruity, and aromatic.


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