Walking in to the Baccarat lodge, I felt immediately remodeled right into a jet-setting debutante. Everything is dripping with crystal in a tasteful, elegant ambiance. Ushered into a personal room, I used to be handed a glass of champagne in a flute that value greater than all of my glassware put collectively. The night’s wine was solely champagnes offered by Rare Champagne, an organization with a small, fastidiously crafted line of vintages to take care of a excessive normal of high quality.
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The essential job for In Pursuit of Tea was to pair their teas with the champagne, but additionally retaining the meals in thoughts. Pairing tea and champagne could sound like pairing apples and oranges, however when you consider it, tea and wine have so many similarities it makes good sense. They share related traits that affect taste akin to area, terroir, culture, processing, and many others.
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Pairing Tea, Champagne, And Food- The Courses
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The second course was a diver scallop and black truffle tartar. I’m not often a fan of scallops (particularly uncooked), however including within the truffles made this fairly scrumptious. This was paired with the Cuvée Rare 2002 Champagne, and Temi Estate 1st flush tea. Made in Sikkim, the tea has related traits to Darjeelings with a bit extra spice and heft. I discovered the tea accentuated the grape and floral notes within the champagne, and the wine introduced out barely bitter notes within the tea. These flavors labored properly with the dish.
This subsequent course was my favourite pairing of the night. Curry-poached lobster served with a Tsunami Daxue sheng puerh and Cuvée Rare 1999. The wine and tea have been a stunning pairing. I discovered that they each had related hay and slight earthy/leather-based notes, and they each highlighted the sweetness and minerality echoed within the lobster.
We have been then served Australian lamb that was ‘in a haystack’, mainly cooked with grasses and hay to impart an attention-grabbing grassy and barely smoky taste. The tea was Shan Lin Xi, and Cuvée Rare Rosé 2007 champagne. The little woman in me did a bit of squee at the pink champagne, however let me guarantee you this had grown-up flavors with notes of herbs and strawberries. I loved the floral, buttery excessive mountain oolong paired with this champagne. I’m not an enormous fan of lamb, so I could not recognize the meals pairing with this one.
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We completed off the night with a combined berry vacherin- think about essentially the most decadent layers of meringue, ice cream, and sorbet. I could not imagine how intense the flavors have been. I’ve been to Gabriel Kreuther’s namesake restaurant a number of occasions, and I’ve to confess his desserts are my favourite factor on the menu. There weren’t any beverage pairings with this final course, however the dessert was so flavorful that I did not thoughts.
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Tips For Pairing Tea, Wine And Food
It could seem formidable to pair wine and tea collectively, however as I discussed they’ve a lot in frequent that it is smart. Just as any meals and tea pairing, wine and tea work similarly- you possibly can pair related flavors, contrasting flavors to make a extra complicated tasting expertise, or work with sure notes in every, to see what will get enhanced. Rely closely in your sense of scent because the aromatics are simply as necessary because the flavors.
A tip about glassware- for champagne, we have been informed that flutes aren’t actually an ideal selection to make use of. They are slim and do not enable the wine to breathe. Using bigger wine glasses will actually allow you to expertise the aroma. I additionally adored how the tea appeared within the Baccarat crystal. Heavier glassware works actually properly for tea, and in fact thickly minimize crystal is a pleasant contact, though most of us do not precisely have it mendacity round. Any thick glassware will do, and you need to use extra delicate wine glasses for decrease temperature teas.
I’m so grateful for such an informative, decadent night. Thank you to Baccarat (particularly Gabrielle) for this superb occasion!