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Pairing water and food

Pairing water and food

“Water is the new wine” and the Rhone-Alpes region has plenty of it. Apart from snow and ice, numerous lakes, streams and rivers the region has over 30 sources of mineral water both still and sparkling. If you thought water had no taste then think again. I spent time discovering some of the sources and was introduced to water tasting in St Galmier, home of Badoit mineral water. Here I discovered that in Rhone-Alpes alone there is such a variety of tastes; from the salty, slightly bitter Badoit through the meadowy sweet Thonon to the almost neutral Evian. Its the trace elements the water picks up during its journey through the rocks and sediments that give each one its unique taste. You can read more about it in the post Mineral waters of Rhone-Alpes The following is a brief summary from that post of the tastes…

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Mineral waters of Rhone-Alpes

Mineral waters of Rhone-Alpes

On my trip to Rhone-Alpes region of France I looked at the itinerary and was surprised to see that two hours had been devoted to water tasting. Wine tasting I had heard of, cheese tasting and olive oil tasting too. I had even been to chocolate tasting in Bordeaux but I had never heard of water tasting. The water tasting took place in the museum at the old Badoit bottling plant adjacent to the company’s uber modern bottling plant in St Galmier. We were limiting ourselves to waters of the Rhone-Alpes. The region has over 30 different mineral waters including the ubiquitous Evian and the popular sparkling Badoit. Pure water is made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen and is neutral in taste and smell. The water that we drink is rarely pure but has trace…

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Water in Evian

Water in Evian

The word naive comes to us, via French, from the Latin nativus meaning native or natural. When spelt backwards naive becomes evian a name we associate with natural mineral water. Coincidence? Probably. There was settlement during town Celtic and Roman times which was later named Aviano, then Yvian and finally Evian. This was long before the curative properties of the mineral springs were discovered and the town was given the name Evian.  The “les-Bains” part of the name was added later to promote the town as a spa resort.I arrived in the spa town Evian-les-Bains at the end of a visit to the Rhone-Alpes investigating some of the 32 mineral waters of the region. You cannot write about the mineral waters of the Rhone-Alpes without mentioning Evian. The famous baby blue and pink label of the water bottled here is…

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