At Belle Campagne In Bordeaux, The Keyword Is Locavorism

Young chefs in this city exploit the terroir
Dec 17, 2014 2:00 pm

It's a Thursday night in Bordeaux's old town, but it's a young crowd gathering inside the glass-fronted wall of Belle Campagne. This restaurant, started a year ago by two friends from catering school, has earned raves not only in the city but around the country, partially for its lively atmosphere and crowd-pleasing menu but largely because the chef-0wners, Adrian Bacquet and Manuel Dagens, source nearly every ingredient from around the Aquitaine region. 

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Traveling To The City Of Bordeaux In 2015

This under-the-radar city is France at its best
Dec 11, 2014 3:00 pm

Mobs of fashionably dressed twentysomethings huddle over excellent wines grown in vineyards just outside of town, nibbling on cutting-edge food prepped by young chefs as the latest indie rock song plays in the background. Friends roll up on bicycles or join in after a run along the riverfront. No, I'm not talking about Portland, Oregon, but Bordeaux, France, which is one of the most exciting cities in Europe right now.

A Night At Garopapilles, One Of Bordeaux's Most Exciting Restaurants

A first-hand account from a perch opposite the chef
Dec 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Tanguy Laviale, the 33-year-old chef at Garopapilles on the rue Abée de l’Epée in Bordeaux, is one of those serious chefs, whose plating and preparation matter to him like a movement matters to a classical pianist. He doesn’t so much stand in his open kitchen as pirouette around it, cooking a sauce on the burner then swiveling back to slice a piece of buttery foie gras then carefully placing a perfectly dark green leaf on a plate. This is what it's like to sit opposite him and watch as this young master runs a Friday night service. 

Bordeaux And Biryani: French Winemakers And Indian Chefs Are The Hot New Couple

Here's proof that this pairing has legs
May 14, 2014 3:00 pm

Put down the Kingfisher and take-out chicken tikka masala and listen up: Bordeaux wines are the new pairing for biryanis, curries, elevated takes on street food and more. When master winemakers and world-ranked chefs team up to launch the most famous bottles around in a brand-new consumer market thirsty for fine wine, the impossible suddenly becomes a very good idea.

Around The World In 80 Wine Varietals: Cabernet Franc

The "other" Cab is the hot goth chick at the prom
Feb 12, 2014 3:00 pm

In Around The World In 80 Wine Varietals, contributor Chantal Martineau unearths how a particular grape drinks differently around the globe. Next up is Cabernet Franc, the "other" Cabernet. Read on.

Food News: Friday “Steak Night” At The White House, Global Warming Hits Bordeaux

Plus meat fraud in China & the rise of chickpeas
May 10, 2013 9:01 am

Anti-obesity campaign. Check. Food fraud in China. Check. The Obamas’ wax lyrical about steak. Check. It’s another week in food politics. Read more after the jump.

Sauternes, The Fine Sweet Wine Of Bordeaux

If the grapes aren’t rotten, they don’t want them
Jun 4, 2012 2:01 pm
Noble Rot

Find out why moldy grapes are a good thing when it comes to Sauternes wine.

French Wine 101

A beginner's guide to buying & drinking French wine
Jul 12, 2011 5:57 pm
photo: rosswebsdale on Flickr

When it comes to wine skeptics, the most common fear is undoubtedly rooted somewhere in the French aisle. American wines aim to be consumer-friendly. Not so much when it comes to France. The labels are tricky, the prices steep and for new wine drinkers, terroir can be an acquired taste. Learning to love French wine is easy, it’s understanding it that can be a...


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