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New food and pairing app for Cognac

Published:  21 December, 2017

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has launched the first cognac and food-pairing app.

It has been created in partnership with chefs and sommeliers and allows users to discover the best style of Cognac to pair with a broad range of ingredients and recipes.

Named the ‘Cognac Pairing’ app it is available free on Apple and Android.

It will be used as a global training tool for chefs and sommeliers in restaurants and bars that are looking to increase their cognac knowledge and help to find the ideal pairing for any dish.

The app allows users to discover the best combinations for different flavour profiles and cognac styles (frozen VS, VS, VSOP or XO).

Users can then see recipes, which have been selected and adapted by top chefs in partnership with French restaurant guide Gault & Millau, to provide the right dishes for cognac pairings. A team of 45 tasting experts from around the world, including chefs and sommeliers, were brought together by the BNIC to create the pairings.

The app also contains a fun quiz for users to test their knowledge of cognac and the production rules behind the art of cognac making. There is also a dedicated news feed for all the up-to-date cognac news from social media.

The BNIC represents, develops and protects the Cognac Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée in France and throughout the world. The organisation is also the forum for consultation and decision making by more than 4,500 winegrowers, 110 professional distillers and 270 merchants from the appellation.

Last month it unveiled a new brand identity for the Cognac region designed to highlight its authenticity and heritage.

A new logo was unveiled with a new “inspiring identity” that had been chosen to reflect Cognac’s “inspiring” credentials, said the BNIC.

The Cognac production area, which was officially defined as a region in 1909, covers the Charente-Maritime, a large part of the Charente and some smaller parts of Deux-Sèvres and the Dordogne.