Thursday, 12 September 2013

PONT-L’ÉVÊQUE WRAPPED IN SERRANO HAM - MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE









Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
« Nearly two thousand years ago, Pliny the Elder wrote in his Natural History: "The Muscat grape has been grown for a long time in Beaumes and its wine is remarkable".
In 1248, St. Louis took supplies of it with him on his 7th Crusade, and during the early 14th century, at the time of the reign of Pope Clement V, production was increased by 70 hectares to cater for the demand from the Popes' Palace in Avignon».
Pont-l'Évêque
A French cheese, manufactured in Normandie. It is probably the oldest Norman cheese still in production. The cheese has been made in Normandy since at least the 12th century, and local legend claims that it was first made in a Norman abbey. A manuscript from the time writes that a fine meal should always end with some "angelot", the name used for the cheese at the time. The cheese became popular across the country from the 16th century onwards, when it obtained the name of the village around which its production was centred. Source : Wikipedia
Both Muscat de Beaumes de Venise and Pont-l'Évêque have an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC).


30 comments:

  1. Great choices Sixte. I will indulge myself with your delicacies. Vera

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  2. Wow, what a great duo, a snack and the Muscat. Thanks Sixte. Sara

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  3. Is Muscat a sweet wine, please? Vicky

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    1. Yes Vicky, it is actually. We drink it in France before meal, with nibbles and Canapés, we call it apéritif. Best, Sixte

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  4. Can I buy Pont-L'Évêgue cheese in the supermarket? Thanks, Tracey

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    1. Yes, sorry about that Tracey. I will mentioned it on the post. You can find it absolutely everywhere (it is why I choose this one actually...): large Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose...Best, Sixte

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  5. Thank you for the info about the cheese and the wine. It makes it special to consume. Hilary

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    1. Thank you Hilary. I think it's always nice to know where the food you eat comes from... Best, Sixte

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  6. Hi Sixte, I like your choices. Subtle, simple, but always perfect. Rebecca

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    1. Oh Rebecca, I am very touched by your nice comment, thank you. Sixte

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  7. Good stuff, Sixte. You are always spot on with your suggestions. Brenda

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  8. Nice food and drink. You always bring something new to the table, Sixte. Cheers, Tula

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    1. Thank you very much Tula for your nice comment. Sixte

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  9. I enjoyed the Muscat wine tonight. It was very good. Pat

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    1. Thank you very much Pat. Did you try the wraps as well? It goes perfectly with the sweetness of the wine...Best, Sixte

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    2. No, I did not. Perhaps next time. Thanks. Pat

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  10. Sixte, your cheese wrapped in ham is tried and tested. It is excellent. The readers of this blog - try it!!! Alessandra

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    1. Thank you very much Alessandra. I am sure they will follow you...in testing now...Best, Sixte

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  11. I like to go to your blog whenever I can ( not often enough). It is full if innovative ideas. Keep going Sixte. Mary

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    1. Your comment is so kind...Thank you so much Mary. Best, Sixte

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  12. Sixte, your food and music are so sensual. I can't get enough of your blog. You are so inspiring. Thank you. Iris

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    1. Thank you ever so much Iris. I am very touched and pleased by your comment...Best, Sixte

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  13. I liked Muscat wine, but my husband found it too sweet. He enjoyed the cheese and ham wraps though. Everybody is happy. Thanks Sixte. Sally

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    1. Sorry for your husband Sally. French men usually like sweet wine like Montbazillac. But muscat maybe is a little bit too sweet... I am happy the wraps went well though...Best, Sixte

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  14. Thank you Sixte for your nice recipes. Susan

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