Did you know that it’s illegal to call sparkling wine Champagne unless it’s made within a 130-square-mile region of France? This is just one aspect of an essential French concept known as terroir, an idea that links geography, culture, regionalism, and identity. Emily talks with cooking school owner Fred Pouillot about why the French care more about regional cheeses than regional sports and how one 19th-century ruler convinced the French they were all descended from the same Gaulish chieftain in this week’s episode of Navigating the French.
Emily M. Monaco
Emily Monaco moved to Paris from New York in 2007, and ever since, she has been writing about cheese, language, and more. Her work has previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Saveur, and more. Find out more about her French food faves and international adventures on Instagram @emily_in_france.
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