Reblochon, Thones is the Reblochon capital of France. We also have our Tomme, and not far from here, the vins de savoie, jongieux, chautagne, apremont, and so on. Of course, we are bee product snobs, and only use honey and royal jelly from the area... not so hard to find, since we produce both.
In Burgundy it's hard to know where to start. Wine - 44 different villages producing their own types, cheese - goodness knows how many but Epoisses is probably the most famous, escargots, oeufs meurette, Poulet de Bresse, Charolais beef, Boeuf Bourguignon, gougeres, jambon perseille, Creme de Cassis, truffles, anyone drooling yet?
@Norman C. It was meant to be tongue in cheek, there are actually 12 varietes of Beaujolais, the normal, the Villages and the 10 crus. Our local bar actually serves wine from Clochemerle as they have a vigneron in the family from there. Not my favourite, I prefer a Morgon.
Here in the Var it’s rosé, every possible variety of goat’s cheese, wonderful tomatoes, aubergines, melons, and anything with olives and truffles… In fact Aups is famous for black truffles in the winter, with a truffle market every Thursday.
Here in Cantal it's the cheese, 5 AOP's: Cantal, Salers, Saint Nectaire, Fourme d'Ambert, Bleu d'Auvergne, plus tens of local goat and brebis cheese. The famous dish La Truffade is made with tome fraîche and potatoes. And then we have the Pounty, of course. Auvergne is not really known for it's wines, but there are some decent ones from Saint-Pourçain and Côtes-d'Auvergne, both AOC.
James, as you live south of Dax can I suggest if you haven't already tried it, some really nice wines from the Geaune area just to the east of you - The Tursan & Geaune wines are smooth and light so very quaffable at almost any time...
I usually get mine from the Cooperative in the village of Geaune and I find either the 'Chalosse' or 'Imperatrice' particularly pleasant and decent value for money.