This month we learn about Farm to Bottle in France. We talk about the agricultural landscape in France for small farms and how and why many farmers are turning to spirits production as a means to try and sustain their farms financially. We speak to Stephanie Saint Faust of Le Saint, a brand development company, that focuses on small farmers and helping them get spirits into bottles and on the market.
Products, places and people mentioned in the Farm to Bottle in France episode
Le Saint website
Domaine de Faronville – only fully French made vodka from locally grown potatoes
Distillerie du Sonneur – with an eau-de-vie made with pork rillettes
La Distillerie d’Isle de France – with gin made from carrots
Lexir online platform for craft spirits
Cocktails Spirits salon
Cocktail of the month in the Farm to Bottle in France episode: Kir percheron
This is a local version of the classic kir using a cidre from le Perche
15 cl creme de cassis
Sparkling hard cider AOP Le Perche*
Pour creme de cassis into a wine glass and top with chilled cider
*feel free to use a different cider if you cannot find a French cider from le Perche
Big thanks to…
Stephanie of Le Saint
World Radio Paris for editing and production
Son Little for the music we use
and YOU for tuning in, downloading and listening!
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If you like learning about local French artisanal drinks, you might enjoy last month’s episode on SurO elderflower syrup and sparkling softs.