Episode 30 Survival French with Todd Newman

Todd Newman

Survival French Challenge

Being in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language well can be a challenge for anyone, but in France it doesn’t have to be. Yes, you heard me! There is no good reason to have a hard time in France just because you don’t speak French.

What’s the secret? There’s only one thing you need to know: You must learn a few words of French and you must use them! It’s not very difficult, there are really only 4 that are mandatory, and our list only contains around 20 total. You can probably master those by the time you’re done listening to the podcast. We discuss those magic words and more on today’s show with Todd Newman, author of the wonderful blog Newmans of Leguevin. You will find the list of “magic words” and link to Todd’s blog after the fold 🙂
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French Wine Regions and Loire Valley Wines, Episode 28

French Wine Regions and AOC

French Wine Regions

Today on Join Us in France we talk about French wine regions and give you some background information on each of them. We’re not sommeliers or oenologues, we’re just a couple of women who enjoy wine and have had a chance to try lots of different ones. We have our favorites and we’re sure you do too! Listen to the show right now or subscribe below so you never miss an episode.

If you love our approach to travel and want to tour France with us, visit Addicted to France to look at upcoming tours.

Episode Highlights

  • Brief history of the production of wine in France
  • Some (rare) parts of France do not produce any wine
  • There are 3240 different types of wines in France
  • Quality control for French wine regions
  • How to read labels in France
  • The meaning of the term AOC: Appellation d’Origine ContrĂ´lĂ©e
  • Overview of major French wine regions
  • Alsace: Riesling (white), Gewurztraminer (white), Tokay (red)
  • Bordeaux: very large production numbers, goes from exquisite to terrible.
  • Beaujolais: young wines, Beaujolais nouveau is a big deal, but it’s not our favorite.
  • Burgundy: very large and wonderful wines.
  • Bugey: white, not as famous as most of the other AOC wines.
  • Champagne: major wine-growing region.
  • Corsican: large French island in the Mediterranean, makes very distinctive wines.
  • Juras: mountainous region in the Alps, Besançon is the major city there. The produce a “yellow wine”, mostly sweet.
  • Languedoc: used to produce low-quality wines and have since cleaned up their act, they now make some great ones. It includes Minervois and Corbières. This is a very large area called Languedoc-Roussillon.
  • Loraine: small region that produces mostly white wines.
  • Valley de la Loire: the Loire River is a large river that crosses France east to west.
  • Provence: the best rosĂ©s produced anywhere are from Provence, but they also produce some red and white. Bandol wines have their own AOC.
  • VallĂ©e du RhĂ´ne: the RhĂ´ne is a large river that runs north to south. This is where you’ll find CĂ´te du RhĂ´ne in the south, Beaujolais a little more to the north, and to the north of the RhĂ´ne area, Burgundy. These are three different OAC groups in the same region.
  • Savoie: somewhat similar to the wines found in the Juras and Bugey. This region produces white wines that go very well with Cheese Fondue and Raclette, famous dishes of the area. Those are hardy, winter dishes. The wines are fruity and somewhat sweet.
  • South-Western: includes wines that are not exported very much, Cahors, Madiran, Jurançon, Gaillac, Fronton.
  • Wine distribution channels in France
  • Driving around to taste wine in France
  • Focus on the Loire Valley
  • Muscadet
  • Anjou
  • Vouvray (white)
  • Chinon (white)
  • Bourgeuil AOC (red)
  • Cheverny AOC (red)
  • Sancerre
  • Pouilly fumĂ©

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Top Attractions in Toulouse, Episode 31

Top Attractions in Toulouse

Toulouse Saint Sernin, Top attractions in Toulouse
Saint Sernin Basilica, photo Annie Sargent

Today, Elyse shares with us the Top Attractions in Toulouse. It was hard to limit ourselves to 7 because this is our home town, but we have to start somewhere! No more excuses, you need to come visit Toulouse! Why do we say something so bold? We tell you all about it in this, episode 31 of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast.

It is significant that this is episode 31. Do you know why?

As a native of the city, Annie is proud to report that Lonely Planet recommends our home as one of their Top Ten destinations in Europe for 2014. To which we say: What took them so long?!

If you love our approach to travel and want to tour France with us, visit Addicted to France to look at upcoming tours.

Episode Highlights

  • Top Attractions in Toulouse
  • A city in the shape of a heart
  • Tearing down the fortification walls
  • A charming city
  • A city for young people
  • 7 things you should not miss when you come to Toulouse
    1. Saint-Sernin Basilica
    2. The Capitole and the reception gallery “Salle des Illustres”
    3. Les Jacobins
    4. Renaissance mansions in Toulouse
    5. Walk along the banks of the Garonne River
    6. The Canal du Midi
    7. Food Markets in Toulouse
  • The first two weeks of August are dead in Toulouse
  • The 4th July party for Americans in Toulouse
  • Civil wedding in Toulouse
  • Other top attractions in Toulouse: City Parks
  • Aviation in Toulouse
  • Food in Toulouse
  • Conclusion: How to come to Toulouse

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