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  • Heavenly cocktails for your next party
    Cocktails are having a moment, thanks to the summer sunshine and an easing of Covid-19 restrictions which is allowing many people to see each other socially for the first time in a very long time. To make those reunions a little bit special, people are turning to fun and creative drinks – and if you’re looking for cocktail inspiration, look no further than Heavenly Spirits. […]
  • The Armagnac producer who stopped the clocks
    In Armagnac, legend has it that, one day long ago, Baron de Sigognac took all the traditional clocks out of his cellars. Fascinated by the mystery surrounding the way Armagnac ages, he had some very strange timepieces fashioned in their place… The face of the new clocks had ten divisions instead of 12: the seconds had become years, the big hand moved only once a […]
  • The Big Interview: Daniel Cooney of Heavenly Spirits
    In a small town in a beautiful corner of Massachusetts, something rather heavenly is happening. Husband and wife team Daniel and Christine Cooney have spent the past 20 years dedicated to promoting spirits – Armagnac, absinthe, rhum agricole… the list is impressive – from France, so their loyal American customers can enjoy the very finest that l’Hexagone has to offer from its distinguished stills. From […]
  • Russia tells France to rebrand Champagne as ‘sparkling wine’
    It’s hardly surprising the French are in a tizz over their fizz – Vladimir Putin has ordered that their world-famous Champagne be labelled merely ‘sparkling wine’ within Russia’s borders. Putin has passed a law which says only Russia’s homegrown Shampanskoye can be called champagne and all foreign producers must label their wines as ‘sparkling wine’, rather than ‘champagne’. Maxime Toubart and Jean-Marie Barillère, co-presidents of […]
  • Take a virtual tour of the Taittinger champagne cellars
    Maison Taittinger is offering history buffs and wine lovers alike a chance to nosy around its legendary cellars from the comfort of their own armchairs. Located in the heart of Reims, Champagne Taittinger’s famous cellars contain magnificent Gallo-Roman chalk pits. Open all year round, Taittinger welcomes over 80,000 visitors from around the world on guided tours and bespoke wine-tasting experiences – and now those unable […]
  • A rum which celebrates a famous naval battle
    Rum-lovers, rejoice! For the first time in a decade, UK rum aficionados are able to raise a glass of Admiral Rodney. The rum is back on our shores all the way from its St Lucia distillery thanks to award-winning distributor Emporia Brands. The Admiral Rodney series of rums celebrates the famous naval battle of 1782, the Battle of the Saints, in which Admiral George B. […]
  • Raise a glass on World Gin Day
    It’s World Gin Day on Saturday (June 12) so fill those ice cube trays, chill those glasses and prepare to inject some sparkle into your weekend. One of our favourites for a true taste of summer is Citadelle Gin’s Jardin D’Été. On the nose, this ode to the French garden is full of ripe summer fruits such as melon, orange and lemon, with intriguing hints […]
  • Join an online tasting session with the makers of Umami Gin
    If there are two taste sensations that have been reliably trending over the past few years, it’s gin and umami. So the inventive folk at Audemus Spirits decided to bring the two flavours together with their Umami Gin. Brace yourselves – made from capers and parmesan cheese, it sounds more like a pizza topping than a drink, but bizarrely it works! Hand-picked Sicilian capers are […]
  • Le Grand Fizz a la Russe cocktail
    Serves: 1 The GREY GOOSE® Le Grand Fizz a la Russe is a fantastic summer update to a vodka and tonic. Ingredients 30ml GREY GOOSE® Vodka 15ml Peach Liqueur 15ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice 60ml Premium Tonic Water Thyme Grapefruit Wedge Directions 1Combine all ingredients except the tonic water over cubed ice in a large wine glass. 2Stir and top with tonic. 3Garnish with grapefruit wedge and […]
  • Le Wine Hop: Why Not?
    In the Pays Nantais, in the Loire Valley, two friends, a brewer and a winemaker have succeeded in creating and marketing a wine which tastes like a beer Do you enjoy a nice beer? Do you like good wine? Well, thanks to Maxime Bordelot, a brewer, and winemaker Romain Héraud, it is (nearly) possible to savour both simultaneously, for the childhood friends have succeeded in […]
  • Five things you should know about Floc de Gascogne
    If you’ve ever enjoyed an adventure through the historic and culinary heartlands of south-west France you are sure to have enjoyed an exquisitely chilled glass of Floc de Gascogne before dinner. Here’s the lowdown on this mighty apéro, which last year celebrated 30 years of AOC status. WHAT IS FLOC DE GASCOGNE? Floc de Gascogne is a sweet aperitif made according to a traditional 16th-century […]
  • Three of France’s best wine routes
    If you’re anything like us you’re counting the days until you can hop on the plane or ferry and say bonjour once more to beautiful, and delicious, France. For a little inspo for your next trip, we thought we’d uncork three of the Hexagon’s best wine routes. The freedom of the open road, glorious scenery and far from the madding crowds – it’s the perfect […]
  • Taste test: Armagnac Blanche
    If you have never had the privilege of tasting an Armagnac Blanche, or do not know what one is, then you need not look further than the Delord Armagnac Blanche. But before I tell you what TasteofFrancemag.com thought, first let us explore the brand behind this drink. VINEYARD Delord’s vineyard of 42 hectares, divided into 11 parcels, is located in the village of Lannepax in […]
  • Armagnac and D’Artagnan: a history lesson
    Armagnac and Musketeers go hand in hand − at least they do if you know your history and your Musketeers.  Can you name the four famous characters from Alexandre Dumas’ celebrated, swashbuckling novel of adventure? The one you will probably most likely remember straight away will be D’Artagnan, who, it could be said, is the central character in the novel; then you have his three […]
  • White Armagnac and why you should try it
    Although we all know that France’s oldest brandy, Armagnac, gleams with a golden, orange colour nuanced with many other hues, did you know that Armagnac can also be white?  It is crystal clear like water, though that is where the similarities end, as this is the water of life, an ‘eau-de-vie’ and its name is Blanche Armagnac.  Blanche is a relative newcomer to the Armagnac […]