Follow us on:      Facebook      Pinterest      Instagram
Carefully curated by      Francois      &      Matt
?

The lure of France can be summed up (well for me anyway) in a few wonderful things: culture, landscape, lifestyle, food and drink. And it is with all these in mind (particularly the food and drink) that myself and the NHP Publishing team took ourselves off to the country to sample and explore some of the culinary delights of Cognac.

Armed with eager taste buds, a sense of adventure and a trusty camera, we were sent on a mission by independent travel magazine, Lodestars Anthology, to test and sample the region’s most infamous produce: Cognac, vinegar and oysters.

Pottering around the vineyards and strolling through the old streets of hillside villages, we visited the wonderful Cognac house of Bache Gabrielsson. Combined with the heady perfumes of the wooden barrels, inside and before us were row upon row of mottled oak barrels and ornate glass bottles housing Cognac in quantities unimaginable. We sampled many varieties and had the most extraordinary tour of the Cognac house.

After a morning of Cognac tasting, we climbed higher into the hillside and venture to Beaumes de Boutville, a small balsamic vinegar production company, who use a fermenting process using the Cognac barrels! Here we learnt how this vinegar is gaining a remarkable reputation on an international scale.  As the owners suggested, one of the best ways to consume the vinegar is as an accompaniment to the region’s oysters.

With this in mind, and vinegar in hand, we took ourselves to David Herve’s Oyster Farm in the middle of the tranquil Marees Saland (a network of channel inlets where an old salt mine was found). Here we sampled the different varieties of oysters produced by David Herve.

We has such a wonderful experience with these local producers, that we wanted to share more of our story and images here.  A big thank you to all those that had us last summer.

To learn more about our adventure, the full article can be found in the latest issue of Lodestars Anthology  – FRANCE.

Written by

A Yorkshireman living in London. Matt can often be found exploring his city (and beyond). He takes inspiration from different environments to develop his writing and creative work.

You May Also Like

Dreamy Afternoon

This playlist is carefully selected to be a soundtrack for spring. It's inspired by the light warm breezes, the flowers that start to pop up and the feeling of hope and love that this wonderful season brings on. It's a multiple genre list, with...

VI

Pedal Power Photography

NH&P are always keen to speak with those that inspire us – we took the chance to ask photographer, Jirka Parizek, to tell us about his journey to photography and his journey to the bike sadle.

CR

A guide to Shooting Minimal Landscapes

I fell in love the first time I shot a minimal landscape photo. One morning I watched a stand-up paddler out in the middle of a calm sea that stretched out far around him. A speck in a sea of negative space.

CR

Abstract: The Art of Design Review

Netflix speaks to a generation hungry for knowledge, equality and originality, and through this formula, its audience recognises itself in its presented stories and visuals. Abstract: The Art of Design.

CR

Our Instagram