Food & Wine France
Below we have compiled some of the best food and wine places to visit in France! If your looking to hit up a vineyard or simply go and get a taste of local French cuisine then be sure to check out our list below!
Top 10 French Foods
There are many dishes considered part of French cuisine. Some dishes are considered universally accepted as part of the national cuisine, while others fit into a unique regional cuisine.
Below we have listed our top ten must taste French Cuisines as per region!
1: Galette / Crepe – Brittany – NorthWest France
The Galette is a large thin buckwheat flour pancake which is frequently garnished with meat, egg, cheese and cut vegetables but a typical thing to have inside is also apple, berries of similar ingredients. The Galette can also be wrapped up in a hot sausage called Galette Saucisse, a tradition from Rennes / Brittany and eaten like a hot dog.
The Crepe as everyone knows Is one of the icons of French cuisine coming out of France originally from Brittany is quite similar to the Galette only usually served as a sweet after a meal or as a simple lunch snack. The Crepe can be served with savoury fillings such as ham and cheese or egg and mushrooms. When sweet they can be eaten for breakfast or as a dessert and filled with various sweet toppings often including a chocolate spread or my favourite Salted Butter Caramel to give it that French sweet taste!
2: The Flammekueche – Alsace – East France
The Flammekueche is a famous French Pizza traditionally garnished with onions and bacon, originally from Alsace which is known to be one of the most beautiful regions of France and also where dishes come served sometimes with fruity white wine such as Gewurztaminer.
3: Tripes à la mode de Caen / Tripe – Normandy – North France
Not many people are fond of eating Tripe but this is one of the biggest things eaten mostly in Normandy usually made with the four parts of the stomach which is the belly, slip, hat and stomach. The origin of Tripe from Caen in Northern France goes back to the middle ages! Usually served in a hot plate this is a fantastic meal for those looking to try!
4: Huitres du Bassin d’Arcachon / Oysters from Arcachon Bay – Aquitaine – SouthWest France
If your a fan of seafood then you will love the oysters in this area! Check out the Oysters from Arcachon Bay on the South West Coast. Some say the oysters here are the best in the world and people from all over Europe visit the area to get a taste of this local Oyster!
This area in South West France on the coast is rich in historical and culinary heritage, there are a ton of local products and you can visit the prehistoric caves of Lascaux let alone some of the best wine in Europe!
5: Boeuf Bourguignon / Beef Stew Marrinated in Red Wine – Burgundy – East France
If you like your meat then you are going to want to try the fantastic beef stew marrinated in red wine prior Burgundy and enjoy one of the best beef strews you have ever tasted in your life and accompany it with its regional wines such as Chablis, Nuits-Saint-Georges or Pouilly! There is also a ton of fantastic wine tasting farms in and around Burgundy where you can enjoy a day out enjoy tasting wines and at the same time tasting this fantastic dish for lunch or dinner!
6: Cuisse de Grenouilles a l’auvergnate / Auvergne Frogs Legs – Auvergne
Head into the heart of France and experience one of the strangest French dishes out there, Frogs Legs! Usually cooked with fresh herbs, brandy and egg white. This is a known delicacy around the world and if your looking to be experimental and try the taste of frogs then you will find the best tasting frogs legs in France here in Auvergne!
7: Les Escargots de Bourgogne / Snails of Burgundy – Burgundy – East France
Another strange yet fantastic French cuisine is Snails! A must try for those who like meat this fantastic food can be served in many ways but we recommend heading to Burgundy to taste the best, usually served with wine of choice and cooked in parsley butter and served with vegetables.
8: Rillettes du Mans / Pays de la Loire – Vendee – West French Coast
Do you like to have those meals where you have a load of different meat spreads and a big loaf of crusty French Bread served with a nice glass of Red Wine? Well this is well worth a try! Be sure to head to Le Mans in France near the west coast where you can pick-up this local cuisine with some of the finest Rillettes in France served with local famous fresh sea-salt from the Vendee region of Noirmoutier where you can also visit and take tours of the local salt farms!
9: Foie Gras / Midi-Pyrenees – South France
Foie Gras is a food made from duck or goose liver that has been specially flattened. Foie Gras is typically eaten at Christmas in France but is famous to be eaten any time of the year! Foie Gras is a popular and well-known delicacy in French Cuisine. Its flavour is described as buttery, rich but delicate unlike that of the normally eaten Duck or Goose liver. The technique of Foie Gras cuisine dates back to 2500BC when ancient Egyptians began keeping birds for food.
Our Top 10 Wines
Its hard to find those really high quality top end wines today due to the amount out there for sale but here we have put together what we think is our top ten wines and champaign’s to taste on your holiday to France, why not take the camper visit the vineyard and camp up at the vineyard or close by!
1: Château Rayas – SE Fr
Where virtually all wines of the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape are blends, Château Rayas goes against the gran and makes a 100 percent Grenache that can be opulent with pronounced flavors of licorice and lavender.
Visit their website: http://chateaurayas.fr/
2: Château-Grillet – SE Fr
Chateau-Grillet is an appelation unto itself. Producing just one wine from the Viognier grape with notes of honey and apricot, a bottle can be challenging to come by because of its small production!
Visit their website: http://chateau-grillet.com/en/
3: Château Mont-Redon, Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge – SE Fr
Château Mont-Redon remains one of France’s oldest winemaking estates and the biggest property in the entire region. This red wine blend is perhaps the best wine from 2005 with a soft, spicy taste. It’s made from a blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache.
Visit their website: http://www.chateaumontredon.com/en
4: Château Latour – Bordeaux – W Fr
This Bordeaux-style blend is produced in the Bordeaux region of France. It has the highest price tag of all the wines on this list at nearly $2,300 although it’s also one of the best wines to come out of the country in the last five years. This blend is from a very rich vintage with strong, dense spice and fruit flavours along with berry and black plum. It should also age very well, making it a fine addition to your collection.
Visit their website: http://www.chateau-latour.com/index_en.php?#/home
5: Moet & Chandon 1996 Dom Perignon Oenotheque Brut Sparkling – NE Fr
Moët & Chandon produced a real winner with this sparkling wine produced in Champagne. It’s very delicate and dry yet still shows its own characteristics. It also ages very well.
Visit their website: http://www.moet.com/prehome
6: Picpoul de Pinet, Fougeray de Beauclair – SE Fr
This fine wine is made from Picpoul, a speciality grape that’s grown in the coastal region of Languedoc. It has a very fresh, lemony taste with an aroma of herbs and spice. It hits the palate as very fleshy, although it’s balanced with a nice acidity. This is a wine variety you’re not likely to try outside of France.
Visit their website: http://www.picpoul-de-pinet.com/en
7: Laurent Perrier NV Brut Ultra – E Fr
This wine from Laurent Perrier is an interesting addition to this list. It’s made with absolutely no added sugar and it’s very dry yet invigorating. It’s produced from 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir.
Visit their website: http://www.laurent-perrier.com/en/
8: Château Mouton Rothschild – Bordeaux – W Fr
The only top château that readily admits visitors without introductory letters and extensive pre-booking (though it is advisable in the summer to book in advance), this is not only the home of one of the world’s greatest red wines but is also a museum of artworks used for the labels and vinous artefacts.
Visit their website: http://www.chateau-mouton-rothschild.com/
9: Château Palmer – Bordeaux – W Fr
Another second growth Bordeaux. This is from the Margaux commune. At times it can compete with Château Margaux in quality. Off vintages can be both affordable and special. A majority of Cabernet Sauvignon is in this blend.
Visit their website: http://www.chateau-palmer.com/?langue=en
10: Louis Roderer Cristal – S Fr
One more Champagne for the road? This ubiquitous wine was a symbol of rappers around the millennium. It seems to have fallen out of favour which means the price has dropped a bit. Despite all the notoriety, it is a great Champagne. Crisp and clean with a finish that lasts forever.
Visit their website: http://www.louis-roederer.com/en/prehome