Made in France, Made with Love

Made in France, Made with Love

 

 

Made in France, Made with Love! Every time that I think I have seen the best of French cuisine I find a new recipe, dish, bottle of wine and overall taste sensation that brings me to realize once again how amazing the food and drink are from the lovely country of France.  The deep-rooted pride in French traditions around food go back many centuries, and I cannot think of two foods that they are more proud of than their wines and cheeses.  Today I’ve photographed some of the finest around, and am excited to share my experiences with each delicious taste.

Made in France, Made with Love, Caramelized Onion Galette

I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks in France, and whether in the bustling city or peaceful countryside the food was on a level different from anywhere else in the world.  We planned ahead and did treat ourselves to a few highly-acclaimed, fine-dining restaurants.  Other times we just played it by ear and would stumble upon the most amazing street food, or hidden gem restaurant.  We were in a rush one day in Paris and my husband ran into a Carrefour convenience store to just grab a few quick items to eat as we rushed off site-seeing.  I still remember him looking at me and saying “I can’t even believe how unbelievable even this food is!”.

Made in France, Made with Love, Caramelized Onion Galette

Caramelized Onion Galette

The main thing that I learned in France is that I really need another few trips there to do the country justice.   If you’re a wine then you should spend a significant amount of time in the three wine regions: The Loire Valley,  Burgundy, and Bordeaux.  Fans of the best cheeses will want to make sure to cover the regions of Normandy, Poitou-Charentes, and Auvergne.  Food and wine tours alone could fill your days, with plenty of history and lovely countryside around to please the non-foodies in your group.  The foods showcased today are from each of these aforementioned regions.

Made in France, Made with Love, Caramelized Onion Galette

Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuissé 2015

Made from 100% Chardonnay. An elegant expression of the grape from the Southern part of Burgundy. Pouilly-Fuissé, as a region, is famous for offering white wines that offer incredible value compared to pricier white Burgundies.

George Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2015

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages opens with notes of ripe strawberry and black currant that almost jump out of the glass. On the palate, the wine has notes of bright juicy cherries and raspberries, a smooth velvety mouthfeel and a touch of cinnamon on the finish. Beaujolais-Villages is incredibly versatile – it is a great pairing for cheese and charcuterie, burgers, grilled chicken or roast salmon. Best served lightly chilled.

Gamay profile flavor: Gamay is a light-bodied red wine that’s similar in taste to Pinot Noir. It grows primarily next to Burgundy, France (Pinot motherland) in Burgundy. Gamay wines are loved for their delicate floral aromas, subtle earthy notes, and surprising ability to pair with food.

Légende Rouge

Elegance meets affordability; everyday drinkability. 2016 was a remarkable vintage in the Bordeaux region, a fairly challenging year for winegrowers, with a very wet start and a very dry period, and finally localized thunderstorms and a beautiful Indian summer that enabled the grapes to reach optimal ripeness.

Légende Blanc

Elegance meets affordability; everyday drinkability. 2016 was a remarkable vintage in the Bordeaux region, a fairly challenging year for winegrowers, with a very wet start and a very dry period, and finally localized thunderstorms and a beautiful Indian summer that enabled the grapes to reach optimal ripeness.

Ile de France cheese

Today, the Ile de France® brand remains a top seller in the United States. Superb entrées into the world of soft gourmet cheeses and are available at gourmet stores and supermarkets throughout the United States.

Saint André

Unique texture – easy to pair with sweet and savory – a distinctive taste – for any occasion. Known as “the heavenly cheese”, Saint André® is rich as pure butter. This soft-ripened triple cream cheese gets its salty tang from the ocean air that blows through Normandy’s coastal pastures.  A lactic recipe with a rich “heart” that turns smooth and creamy as the cheese ages.

Ile de France Blue Cheese

A unique and intense Blue cheese with a smooth buttery finish and rich in butterfat (double crème). The rich mountain milk is collected daily from the Auvergne region where cows graze over 120 varieties of grass/flowers at 2500 ft elevation. Unique blue (like no other) with a true blue character and some absolute creaminess.

ILE DE FRANCE BRIE

This double crème Brie is produced with fresh and daily collected cow’s milk from the Normandy region, delivering a unique rich creamy flavor. Famous in the U.S for over 80 years, since it first landed in 1936 aboard the first refrigerated sea vessel named Ile de France.

ILE DE FRANCE PLAIN GOAT CHEESE

This goat cheese is a traditional fresh Chevre from Poitou Charentes, using only the freshest goat’s milk in the region.

 

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