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Paying Homage - 250 years of Hine

Paying Homage - 250 years of Hine

The historic port of Jarnac celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the most British of fine Cognac houses: Thomas Hine & Co... 

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Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Even if you are familiar with Angoulême you may be forgiven for not having passed Les Caves Charlemagne – tucked at the end of a quiet impasse, the cellars are hewn into the overhanging limestone cliff and hidden from view. But enter the white gates and you will find a bustling business where little has changed since it was created in 1921...

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A pressing time - cider-making in Deux-Sèvres

A pressing time - cider-making in Deux-Sèvres

This is the time to turn apples into a delicious drink to keep you going through the cold winter months. Mike Davis, a cider man from way back, explains just how to go about it – and to cook with it too... 

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Fancy a Brew in La Rochelle?

Fancy a Brew in La Rochelle?

The French aren’t renowned tea drinkers but one woman is doing her best to extol its virtues. Meet Sandrine Devide, self-confessed tea lover and one of La Rochelle’s award-winning entrepreneurs.

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Pineau - The Passion of Charentes

Pineau - The Passion of Charentes

You can hardly visit friends in this region without someone pouring a glass or serving a melon-half full of the soft, subtle liqueur that is Pineau. Here, Johnny Keggler, author of the bilingual book ‘Le Pineau, the Passion of the Charente/la Passion Charentaise’ lets us into some of its secrets...

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