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V - VINEGAR

V - VINEGAR

Few people make the connection between vinegar and sour wine or vin aigre, but that is essentially what the word vinegar means. In fact, vinegar production can be as complicated and delicate a procedure as wine production itself…

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W - WINE

W - WINE

Whether you are a pineau enthusiast or a cognac connoisseur, you may wonder how Poitou-Charentes has room at all for any more grapes. But being sandwiched between two of France’s most celebrated wineproducing regions, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, Poitou-Charentes is perfectly placed for a winegrowing region...

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X… MARKS THE SPOT

X… MARKS THE SPOT

GOING TO MARKET...

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Y - YOGHURT

Y - YOGHURT

YOGHURT...

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Z - ZING! FROM FRUIT & VEGETABLES

Z - ZING! FROM FRUIT &  VEGETABLES

Poitou-Charentes is known for its fields of sunflowers and corn but fruit and vegetables also grow in abundance. They can be bought direct from the farm or at one of the many local markets around the region. Also watch out for signs for maraîchers (market gardeners) across the region...

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Monique Chatenet - Expert of the Charente gastronomy

Monique Chatenet - Expert of the Charente gastronomy

We meet Monique Chatenet to discuss the Charente’s unique gastronomic traditions…

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Cycling for oysters

Cycling for oysters

Come the festive season the oyster becomes a prized specimen, an intrinsic part of any Christmas or New Year feast. But despite living in France for many years Helen Millar had never eaten one – until she spent a day in the Marennes...

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Make mine a lobster!

Make mine a lobster!

The Thouarsais are proud of an apéritif inspired by a blague eighty years ago... 

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