Earth Day in France: Champagne Focuses on Sustainable Winemaking

Earth Day is right around the corner, and many French vineyards want the world to know about the importance of sustainability in winemaking. From the Languedoc to the Loire Valley, winemakers are working hard...

Female Chefs in France: Making their Way in a Man’s World

French chefs often cite their mothers or grandmothers as their biggest influence. Yet in France’s elite kitchens – and its awards ceremonies – women are still glaringly absent. Jennifer Ladonne reports on on-going efforts...

SomMailier: A Wine Club Dedicated to Boutique French Wines

France Today presents SomMailier, an authentic wine club 100% dedicated to boutique French wines! Built on five generations of French winemakers from Bordeaux, SomMailier brings exclusive boutique French wines to your home every quarter. A little...

Effervescence Los Angeles: A Champagne and Sparkling Wine Festival

On May 3-5, 2019, Effervescence, America’s leading epicurean event devoted to celebrating champagne and sparkling wine, will return to Los Angeles to present the ultimate homage to champagne. The three-day fête will bring together...

Pebbles of Wrath: Terroir Theft in the Rhône Valley

Some of the Rhône Valley’s most flavourful vineyards are being fast depleted of their vital stones... Under the grey November sky, Xavier Anglès squats and places side by side some of the red, ochre, orange...

Restaurant Review: Le Kintessence, Courchevel

If the main reason glamorous Courchevel is such a sought-after winter destination is the excellence of the skiing at this Alpine resort, it’s also a superb choice for anyone whose idea of a good...

Crème de la crème: The Origins of Sweet Chantilly

Liberally slathered on fresh berries, swirled on Café liégeois or piped on crêpes, crème Chantilly has hit the sweet spot since Catherine de’ Medici introduced it to the French court in the 16th century....

Äponem: A Talked-About Gastronomic Destination near Béziers

Thirty kilometres north of Béziers, in the heart of Hérault, the little hamlet of Vailhan (population 160) has suddenly become one of the most talked about gastronomic destinations in France. This is because of...

The Distillerie du Vercors and the French Whisky Industry

Patrice Bertrand heads to Vercors to meet a spirited couple set on conquering the booming French whisky industry Squatting at the foot of one of their two pot stills, a long, tapered glass in hand,...

Foodie Hotspots of the Loire Valley

Five foodie favourites that you need to know about At Belle France we believe that a holiday is not a holiday without a food and wine dimension. After some gentle walking or a little leisurely...