and wine - where to start?
The French really do like their food and wine and the Touraine
region is home to some of the top gastronomic delights of
the Loire Valley and Vienne regions, including the speciality
Rillettes de Tours which I can assure you is tastier than
it might look. Everywhere you turn there are restaurants,
cafes and bistros serving locally produced delicious food
and there are menus to suit all tastes and pockets.
of course features highly in the Touraine, with soft reds
and crisp white wines and some rather delicious sparkling
Vouvray wines! With the Tufa caves along the Loire ideal for
storing wine there are many different wine tours (many in
English) that are arranged providing the opportunity to sample
a glass or two. I was particularly impressed on our tour of
the Vouvray cellars when my picture seemed to show our guide
managing to support two huge rotating wine carriers by hand!
the evening there are many, many restaurants ranging in style
and price to choose from, from the Michelin starred "La
Promenade" restaurant at Petit Pressigny right to the
small but very pleasant pizza restaurant in Descartes and
every other type in between - around Le Bouchet you will find
something for everyone.
It's impossible to provide recommendations on this site (although
perhaps I can for a certain seafood restaurant in the village
of Pouzay!) but our gites do have a list of local restaurants
with indications of pricing and some of our recommendations.
Of course, if you prefer a little more excitement with your
food you could always try the casino and cabaret nightlife
at La Roche Posay.