Behind the French Menu
the birthplace of an English Queen, Isabella of Angoulême (1188 -1246), the second wife of King John. King John became king in 1199 after the death, in France, of his brother Richard the Lionheart. Richard is, or rather was, buried in Fontevraud Abbey, near Chinon; that is a 165 km, (100 miles), about a two and a half-hour drive from Cognac.
Pineau de Charentes; the Aperitif of France’s Cognac region.
These Cognacs come from grapes grown on the island of Île de Ré;
the island is connected to the town of La Rochelle by a bridge.