PO: World Leader in Vin Nature  With Ted Krasny   Apart from a couple of sweet wines, Banyuls and Maury, PO has long been a backwater in the French wine world. Things are changing, though,…

Port Vendres fish market  (Criée aux poissons) with Michael Brady   Oyster and wine bar, fish market ‘extraordinaire’ It serves no proper meals, just dégustation, samples of its retail selection of seafood. It has no…

vine pruning techniques The aim of pruning is to encourage the vine into a desired shape, select the best of last year’s shoots and restrict growth. Terminology : Shoots – The current year’s new growth…

Know your seafood Don’t be selfish with your shellfish Most shellfish in our shops today will have already been prepared, but do make sure that you discard any with broken or closed shells or broken…

Goats were first introduced into France by the Arabs during the Saracen invasion.

Goat breeding was developed particularly in the Poitiers region, where, in 732, the famous Battle of Poitiers took place between the Saracen troops and the French, led by Charles Martel.

“It serves no proper meals, just dégustation, samples of its retail selection of seafood. It has no tables, so you cannot book one. It doesn’t advertise and has no website. It closes at 7 pm,…

The olive tree is among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world,  and fossilised leaves going back as early as 8,00BC have been found in Roquevaire in southern France. It’s actual cultivation is believed…