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When my sister was here visiting, we had a great day at the beach around a BBQ and excellent wine (Chateau Sainte-Andrée) brought by John-Peter, a great friend of ours. I was nicely surprised by this delicious wine and I was fascinated by its story.

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John-Peter’s father Paul Sacre has been a wine amateur for as long as he can remember. He’s always had his own wine cellar filled with bottles of wine from all over the world. Some of the bottles were even very old (with one of them dating from 1947!).

Paul used to spend his summers at his aunt’s in Mradiye, a small village next to Ghbele in North Lebanon. He loves this region and that’s why he ended up buying a 25,000 square meter land there and started making his own wine. Like any success story, this started as a hobby. During the first 2 years, Paul was making wine to have fun and enjoy it with his family. He then started to sell it in fairs and wine tasting exhibitions.

The Wine

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The vineyard produces almost 8,000 bottles per year: red (3 cuvées), white, rosé, fruity (peach) and 6 tastes of liquor.

The quantity they produce is not large but their aim is to produce the best quality there can be. Paul is helped by an oenologist for the mixes, the cork is wooden rather than silicon, which is better to preserve the wine’s quality and to be able to leave it in cellars for years (up to 12!).

The red wines are placed in French and Californian oak barrels for 8 to 16 months instead of aluminum or stainless steel which gives it a nice aroma.

Andree is the name of Paul’s wife (thus the name Sainte-Andrée) and each red wine cuvée has the name of his 3 children: Peter, Lynn and Laura.

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It’s also worth mentioning that they also produce organic honey from the Jabal Moussa reserves that come from the pine trees, oak trees and fir trees. And they also produce their own vegetables (but those are not sold).

I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did. To order the wine, you can call Paul Sacre directly on: +961 (3) 700 267

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As promised last week in the Christmas menu ideas sponsored by AZIZ Delicatessen (click here), the second part of this collaboration is all about cheese, cold cuts and their pairing with the appropriate wine. Over the years, I’ve discovered that not all families roast a turkey and cook a whole lot of stuff to have for their Christmas meals. Some of them go for a simple cheese and wine party with delicious bread of all kinds. For those people, here is the best menu inspiration AZIZ brought us.

Cheese and Wine Christmas Menu by AZIZ Delicatessen

Cold cuts

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Choices: The cold cut platter can include the following: Parma ham of your choice (it can be smoked or crudo which is my favorite), 2 or 3 kinds of salami (depending on the number of people), sliced turkey breast, chorizo (also one of my all time favorites), and a type of cold cut sausage. Just head to the cold cut side of any AZIZ branch and choose your favorites.

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Drink with: Bordeaux red wines, Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The brands you can find at AZIZ are Les Granges de Civrac 2010, Ronan by Clinet 2010, Cossieu Coutelin 2009 and many more.

Cheese Platter

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A good Saint Maure de Tourraine (a delicious unpasteurized French cheese made from full fat goat’s milk you won’t regret) with a Red Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011 or a White Cuvée Clémence

Chèvre affiné (a type of goat cheese) with a Mercurey La Framboisière 2011

Brie de Maux with a White Chateau Carbonnieux 2010; Brie aux Truffes with a Chateau Tour du Pin 2010, or any Brie of your choice with a White Chablis 2012

Brique de Brebis with a Chateau De Terrefort Quancard 2009

A nice Saint Felicien cheese with a Blason de L’Evangile 2010

A great camembert (recipe on this link) with a Clos Marsalette 2009

Roquefort or any Blue Cheese with a White Riesling Grand Cru 2011

A Comté cheese with a Red Chateau Haut Condissas 2009 or a White Sancerre 2012

Parmesan with Amarone della Valpolicella 2009

And finally, a Burrata Mozzarella with a Chianti 2012

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Which menu will you be choosing this Christmas? We’d love to know 🙂

 

I frequently visit AZIZ Delicatessen, one of the most famous delicatessen houses in Lebanon. Known for its high-quality exceptional food products, Aziz has never lost its quality and can always be trusted.

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When we walked in the Kantari branch one evening to get wine for a night in with friends, I saw Aziz Junior 🙂 , a friend of my sister’s. In our conversation, I asked if I could get some tips for the coming holidays, what for the different menu musts and the best way they could be paired with wine, champagne, and other drinks. And that’s why I bring you today the first part of ideas for your Christmas menu, brought to you by one of the country’s most renowned delicatessen houses, AZIZ. First things first, let’s start by summarizing the essentials of a Christmas table.

Christmas Table Essentials

The classic starters mainly involve Foie gras (THE Christmas classic), an acquired taste that comes with time, as well as smoked salmon, caviar, cold cuts and cheeses (part 2 will be all about the cheese and charcuterie, so stay tuned).

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For the main meal, most houses cook a nice turkey for Christmas. Some, like my mom, name it after a Saint or someone who brings luck throughout the year to come. In other houses, lamb meat, duck, or fish is cooked as the main dish. You can combine the turkey with one of the latter, like a nice honey duck or fish.

Last but undeniably not least, come the desserts and pastries. We all know the ones we prefer: Buche, Mont Blanc, Pavé aux marrons, Marronier, Profiteroles, Meringues, and typical French pastries like tarts, éclairs, etc. A pure delight.

In collaboration with AZIZ Delicatessen, I’m sharing with you today 3 different menus you can make this Christmas (or order from AZIZ catering).

Menu 1

 Starters

Foie Gras platter

Smoked Salmon platter

Caviar

Quinoa and shrimps salad

 Mains

Turkey with vegetables

Sea food Paella

Cooked ham with fruits

Desserts

Buche (either chestnuts, praliné, moka or the regular chocolate one)

Aziz also offers the mix of the 4 tastes

Mont blanc

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Menu 2

Starters

Foie Gras en terrine

Caviar

Salmon cake (sushi cake)

Endives salad

Mains

Venison Leg

Roasted duck with orange, served with tagliatelles

Green curry shrimps

Desserts

Chestnut pavé

Chocolate Buche

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Menu 3

Starters

Sep or Asparagus Tart

Cold cuts platter

Black and white truffles linguines

Spinach sprouts, pecan nuts, pears, cranberry and blue cheese salad

Mains

Capon with vegetables

Lamb leg, apples and pineapples, marinated in honey

Thai style shrimps, mango sauce

Desserts

Marronier

Fruit Tarts

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Of course, you can add to it all potatoes in the oven, quiches (I promise an easy recipe real soon) and salads.

But, what counts the most is the combination of all this food with the fitting drink. So let’s pair your menu with the dishes’ drinks, as per Aziz’s recommendations.

The Foie Gras (Jean Larnaudie)

You can choose from a variety of flavors, like duck foie gras, Foie gras de canard, Foie gras d’oie, Foie gras de canard truffé, Foie gras d’oie truffé, Foie gras de canard au torchon, Foie gras d’oie au torchon, Foie gras en terrines.

It is best paired with sweet wines. The best sweet wine you can find at AZIZ is Les Sauternes or Alsatian wines like Gewürztraminer Selections de Grains Nobles and Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives .

Foie Gras is also delicious when paired with wine jam (also Sauternes) or fig chutney.

The smoked salmon

It can be paired with white or red wines. More specifically, if you’re looking for the best brands, you can go for:

  • In white wines: Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre or even a south african Cape Heights.
  • In red wines : AZIZ’ famous Crozes Hermitages 2011 Les Allegories or Saint-Joseph Hermitage 2012.
  • It also works very well with the full-bodied wine from Chile, the Montevista Carmenere 2010.

The Caviar

When it comes to caviar (Beluga Royal is the type you can find at AZIZ), you can have it with Vodka on the rocks.

For wine lovers though, dry white wines should do, more specifically Chardonnay and Semillon grapes. One brand you can choose is Chablis or Ch. Carbonnieux 2010

The Lamb Meat

If you choose a menu with lamb meat as a main meal, you can shop for a variety of Red wines, ideally cahors and wines from the Rhone Valley.

You can ask for the following while shopping at Aziz: Ch. de Chambert 2009 (cahors); Chateauneuf du Pape 2010, Les Choregies (Rhone Valley) – For Burgundy lovers, their famous Nuits Saints Georges 2011 Domaine Faiveley.

The Duck

The duck should be paired with Red wines, ideally with Ch. de Valandraud 1999 and 2000. Ch. Beauregard 2006 , Ch. Clinet 2003.

The Fish

It is known to all that fish or dishes like Seafood Paella are to be paired with white wine. Sancerre, Chablis, Meursault, and M de Minuty are just a few brands to choose from.

The Turkey

Now for the most consumed dish at Christmas, the Turkey shall be eaten accompanied by Red wines from “Premieres cotes de Bordeaux” and “Cotes de Blaye”. Brands to look for are Ch. De Paillet-Quancard 2009 and Ch. D’Aiguilhe 2010

Dessert and Pastries

Ideally, they are had with Champagne. At AZIZ, they have 2 of the most delicious champagne brands there are: Billecart-Salmon And Joseph Perrier.

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 And there you have it!

 Of course, all you need to do is go there and ask for the great advice they all know how to give.

However, if you’re not hosting a Christmas party at your house but going around several ones to visit family, you can combine foie gras with their assorted wines and chutneys and take them as a gift to your host. You can do the same with dessert and even add a nice Cognac bottle (Delamain) for warmer winter nights.

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What is the item you buy the most from AZIZ Delicatessen? And anything to add to these ideas?

You can visit their website here and facebook page here for more information. Also, follow them on instagram: @azizdelicatesse

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If you’re a fan of entertaining, you must spend a big part of your winter planning cheese and wine parties. You have a checklist with the different wines you want to get, the different cheeses you want to try out and that bread from the best bakery in town (you can check out the best wine and food pairings here). You think you have everything but when your guests arrive you realize something is missing: good music that suits this warm and welcoming party!

A big part of entertaining is the atmosphere and general mood you set to your living and dining rooms. Along with many other elements like candles, lighting and overall décor, nice music is a must when you’re looking to create a fun and engaging atmosphere in which everyone is happy and at ease. The season of Cheese and Wine parties has officially started and I thought it was time for me to compile this Cheese and Wine playlist for those wonderfully warm evenings. I’ve put in a little bit of everything to please all tastes. You can also listen to this while you’re setting up the food.

To listen to the Cheese and Wine Playlist, click on this link. Below are all the songs’ titles and singers! I hope you enjoy it and Happy hosting 🙂

  • Belle & Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap
  • Césario Evora – Tchintchirote
  • Césario Evora – Amor di Mundo
  • Vampire Weekend – Horchata
  • Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s son
  • Cat Empire – Two Shoes
  • Cat Empire – Sol y Sombra
  • Ben (L’Oncle Soul) – I kissed a girl
  • Ben (L’Oncle Soul) – Sympathique
  • Cake – Strangers in the Night
  • Cake – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
  • Cake – I will survive
  • Michael Kiwanuka – I’ll get along
  • Wayne Wade – Lady
  • Indila – Dernière danse
  • Vance Joy – Riptide
  • Gotan Project – Tango Square
  • Sam Smith – Stay with me
  • Afreen – The 100 Foot Journey
  • Herbie Mann – Dance of the semites
  • Parov Stelar – Libella Swing
  • The Real Tuesday Weld – Heaven can’t wait
  • Alex de Campi – Evelyn, Evelyn

Also, stay tuned for more tips on Food and Drinks pairings for this Holiday season!

What do you think? Any cool song you might want to add to this playlist?

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