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Think of France and our minds immediately turn to the country's wonderful food and drink. It is in the DNA of the country where a long lunch is the norm and the enjoyment of good food is considered the right of everyone. But unlike its neighbours, the Poitou-Charentes region tends to hide its culinary delights under a bushel. However, live here and you quickly discover that there is an amazing variety of local produce with small artisan producers, and large ones, showing extraordinary dedication and skill. Here, we open the doors to these delights, showing you the best that this region has to offer and how to both taste and cook with the specialities on offer.

Cognac - Christmas picks by Cognac-Expert.com

Cognac - Christmas picks by Cognac-Expert.com

Cognac-Expert.com came into being through its founders' deep-seated love of cognac, and has grown into the leading Internet platform for cognac worldwide.

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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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Black Diamonds of Poitou-Charentes

Black Diamonds of Poitou-Charentes

One man and his dog unearth diamonds from under our feet, right here in Poitou-Charentes...

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A snail's pace

A snail's pace

How many of us dream of leaving behind meaningless jobs to live in harmony with the land? Sophie and Jacques Servant, born and bred in Poitou-Charentes, did just that. Ten years after setting up Niou d'Hélix they told us what living at a snail's pace is like... 

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Haut-Poitou wines receive AOC status

Haut-Poitou wines receive AOC status

The 2011 vendange saw the first harvest of Haut-Poitou wines which have been awarded the much-sought after AOC label. We found out what this means to the winegrowers of the region…

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