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13 Food and Wine posts

Mas Sant Jordi – the food and wine partnership!

Mas Sant Jordi

For guests who are seeking relaxing evenings where no-one need drive or if you want to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, we offer an informal and personal dining option. Meals can be for an entire family / group or later in the evening for the adults alone.

This is normally provided by Alistair who is the chef for our Maison d'hôte guests and the groups that stay on a full board basis. His love of cooking over many years whilst in 'corporate life' included private dinners and special celebration events. He also attended all 3 levels of the cookery school at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons (Raymond Blanc, Oxford, UK) from 1998 to 2001. More recently, he has been at the Waterside Inn cookery school with 3-star Michelin chef Alain Roux and the Anantara Thai cookery school.

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Radish Leaf Pesto - A Taste of Spring!

Radish Leaf Pesto

Spring is springing, well it is trying to at least. We go from shorts to jumpers within the day here at the moment.

One moment we were barbecuing on the beach, basking in the sunshine, then the following day, wrapping up in winter layers and lighting the fires! This jumping around of the temperature not only confuses us but the vegetables too that are trying hard to grow despite the stop / start weather.

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Autumn in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie

Autumn in the Languedoc

Autumn is a fabulous time to visit the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie. In the Languedoc-Roussillon, the weather is still warm and the region is full of life as harvest is under way.

The area is buzzing with activity and colour, as this is not only one of the largest wine regions in the world but it is also one of the most diverse in terms of grape varieties available. Each vine variety has leaves that, once the fruit is harvested, turn a different colour so the rolling fields are awash with a stunning combination of reds, oranges, russets, browns and golds.

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Cooking and Quaffing in Occitanie!

French Grapes

Spend a fun day learning about the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie and preparing some of the key dishes.

Emma will spend the day with you teaching you how to create some of the many recipes of the region, using both traditional and modern methods.

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Tutored Wine and Tapas Tasting in the Corbières

Tutored Wine and Tapas Tasting in the South of France

Learn about the wines, gastronomy, culture and history from the comfort of your holiday home.

Experience a Tutored Tapas Tasting with Emma Kershaw of La Maison du Rire, the wine and food school in the Corbières, and learn about the wines, gastronomy, culture and history of this fantastically diverse region in the comfort of your holiday home. For groups of eight or more Emma will come to a venue of your choice and host a Wine and Tapas Tasting.

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La Maison du Rire, a French wine school

Emma Kershaw

The house of laughter. A wine school with a difference. At La Maison du Rire you can choose from a tasting with tapas luncheon, a day of cookery and wine, and various weekend breaks.

Here, we'd like to introduce you to Emma Kershaw and La Maison du Rire, created by Emma to share her passion for the wines and the foods of the Languedoc-Roussillon. For years Emma has been teaching about wines to WSET Diploma level. She has worked with chefs and restaurateurs partnering wine and food, whilst informing and delighting enthusiastic amateurs across the globe.

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On the coast. In the pink

Bottles of rosé

Rosé wine was designed for summer. In particular, summer in the South of France. And a villa with Mediterranean views, perhaps?

Staying at this lovely property, you won’t have to go far for the perfect bottle of rosé. On the doorstop, within 10 minutes, are two award-winning wine domaines, specialising in the pink stuff.

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Oyster tasting in Leucate

Oyster shacks Leucate in Languedoc-Rousillon, Occitanie

Visit the oyster shacks in Leucate on the Languedoc coast. The coast of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie is known for it's quality oysters, harvested in the local saltwater lagoons.

A unique and authentic experience, visit the Leucate oyster shacks, open every day, all year round.

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Béziers shellfish kiosk

Coquillages Béziers

Sample the regions best fresh shellfish in the heart of Béziers. You may pass this kiosk buy thinking it is just selling shellfish to take home, but wait! If you dine at the restaurant directly opposite you can have lunch direct from the kiosk.

Serving local oysters, fresh crab, mussels and prawns, this is a shellfish lovers paradise.

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The rise of the Languedoc beach restaurant

Mosquito Coast beach restaurant in Gruissan

Restaurants located right on the sand have been springing up along the Languedoc, Occitaine coast. Dine with your toes in the sand and fabulous sea view at one of the Languedoc's beach restaurants.

There is something wonderful about dining with your feet in the warm sand and looking out to sea.

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The great French grape pick

Languedoc vineyard

From grape to cave, to bottle. The fermenting process begins...

As the month of September begins through day and night, the sound of secateurs and automated grape picking machines are heard across French vineyards.

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Provençal cuisine in Cannes

La Pizza a Cresci in Cannes

The city of Cannes offers tourists, bistros, seafood restaurants and up-market establishments. There are hundreds of restaurants in Cannes.

Where to start? It's a good idea to head to an area where there are lots to choose from so you can make your own mind up.

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Restaurants in the seaside town of Collioure

Collioure bay

With the many restaurants In Collioure, the cuisine is a combination of French and Spanish with some lovely local specialities.

Being so close to Spain and with a strong Catalan influence you will find the cuisine in Collioure has a different feel to the rest of France.

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