best times for wine tours in Europe

People always ask us “when is the best time to come to the wine country in Europe” and the answer we always give is: May or June for good weather and less crowds and of course September and October during the harvest time. Often however, those months might not correspond to the vacation time available…

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top wine regions in europe

Europe is the home of great wine. Countless wineries offer tastings and tours across hundreds of regions across the continent and you could easily spend the rest of your life wandering from one tasting room to another. But when your time in Europe is limited, you have to be more selective. Here are just A…

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everything you ever wanted to know about french cheeses

If you’re traveling to France and you like cheese (who doesn’t?), it’s helpful to read a guide to French cheese that will help you determine which varieties to try. It’s not uncommon to feel little overwhelmed by choice in your quest for indulging in French cheese. Particularly, when entering into a fromagerie (cheese shop). Different French…

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guide to le creuset

Everything you need to know about the famed French cookware brand. While you may think yourself indifferent when it comes to the tools you use in the kitchen, talk to a Le Creuset super fan like myself and you’ll hear a different story. Famed for its colorful cast-iron collections that seemingly defy the test of…

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all about french viennoiseries

An estimated 12 million French people go to their boulangerie (bakery) every day.  But what do they buy there?  Baguettes (in many different varieties) are still the top-seller – the French really do love and eat them as much as stereotypes suggest.  But among other boulangerie staples are viennoiseries, pastries like palmiers, pains au lait, and the iconic croissants and pains au chocolat. Let’s take a mouthwatering…

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what are boulangerie, patisserie, viennoiserie

Pâtisserie, boulangerie, and viennoiserie – in the culinary world, you need to know what these commonly used French terms mean. What is pâtisserie? Pâtisserie is used to describe French pastries and the pastry shop they are sold in. Although the word is used quite liberally in English-speaking countries, in France and Belgium the law restricts its use…

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