Hotel Chais Monnet Review

Cognac as a region is known for its luscious, premium spirits but has always lacked a hotel that can provide its influx of luxury-minded tourists with a comparable hospitality experience…until now. We visit the region’s first five-star hotel, Hotel Chais Monnet, to find out how this game-changer is doing a few short months after its…

Poulpette Restaurant Review

We were taken to Poulpette for lunch during our Trip to Maison Hine Cognac (read about our trip here) and were shocked to find such a thoroughly modern urban bistro in historic Jarnac. Located on a quiet street corner, away from the hustle and bustle (as much as there ever is in Jarnac) of the…

Hine Cognac Range Review

We were lucky enough to visit Maison Hine in Jarnac and be taken on a journey around their vineyards, distillery and cellars, before sample some of Hine’s impressive range of premium Cognacs. Founded in 1763 by Englishman, Thomas Hine, Hine is highly regarded around the world for its refined and complex expressions, as well as…

Trip to Maison Hine Cognac

It’s not every day that you get the chance to follow a spirit’s journey from crop to bottling. It’s even rarer that this occurs in the sunny and picturesque South-western France. So, when the house of Hine Cognac invited us to visit their Maison in the historic town of Jarnac and learn all about their…

Best Cocktail Bars in Paris

Paris is synonymous with wine. It figuratively flows through the streets and any Parisian comes with the assumed responsibility of knowing all about its many marvels. However, whilst behind the curve a little for a capital European city, Paris is finally waking up to the endless possibilities that inventive mixology has to offer. And so,…

Café des Abattoirs, Paris

With food trends going the way of vegetarianism, veganism and [insert protein or sugar group]-free inconvenience, it is a refreshing change of pace to come across a venue that unabashedly describes itself as a “meat restaurant”. Fittingly named after a slaughterhouse, Café des Abattoirs, Paris, is a nostalgic godsend to the carnivores amongst our number….