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Happy 2019 – Best Gourmet Providore Nominations


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Happy New Year 2019. We are excited to report that nominations for our International Gourmet Food Guide Awards 2019 have been pouring in over the last few months and our reviews have begun.

Providore – A Quick History

Providore/Provedore – is the rather grand-sounding name which increasingly refers to the store which provides the staples or specialist eating house. International Gourmet Food Guide is looking for the best Gourmet Providore for our 2019 Awards.

In the Middle Ages, the city of Venice was a strategic City-State and desirable to many who desired to capture its status and position. Thus, throughout its history, it had to defend itself. The term ‘providore‘ described the military guard responsible for securing and protecting food and provisions for the City. The root of the word the Latin provideo – “I foresee”

Nomination Best Independent Gourmet Providore: Gourmet Life

Gourmet Life was recently nominated by one of our Instagram followers. This delightful, independent, well stocked providore is based in Sydney, Australia and owned by Josh Rea who has broad experience in the fine food market, having worked closely with leading Australian importers and wholesalers, and with numerous delicatessens, butchers, fishermen and fishmongers, farmers, renowned chefs and five star restaurants, and with people who are simply fine food fanatics. As a result of the nomination, we recently reviewed their extensive supply of Oscietra Black River Caviar, Spanish cockles, Italian white truffles, St James Scottish smoked salmon, Julian Martin Jamon Iberico de Bellota and Radicchio Rosso di Treviso IGP

Details of the individual product reviews will be posted via our Instagram page @gourmetfoodguide over the coming weeks.

Video footage supplied by @thegourmetguru888

Other nominations for Best Gourmet Providore received so far by International Gourmet Food Guide include Simon Johnson, the iconic food hall at Harrods of London and historic providores to the Royal Family, Fortnum and Mason! We will be diligently working through further nominations for all award categories as they continue to arrive and will be busy filming reviews in Italy, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and USA over the first eight months of 2019. Details of our award categories and process for nominations can be found via our Awards Info page. Follow us on Instagram @gourmetfoodguide

 

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Christmas Sparkle


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When it comes to any type of celebration, we adore the indulgence of champagne. This sparkling wine from the chalk slopes east of Paris is France’s best answer to a global brand. It is the drink of celebration, of success,  and, unlike the still French wines, which have been successfully copied around the world, Champagne remains inimitable, despite thousands of attempts.

The combination of cool climate, chalk soil and — there’s no other word for it — terroir are just so special. Like virtually every part of France, the Champagne wine region is subdivided into smaller parts, but unlike in other parts of France, those subregions rarely appear on the bottle. Although there are exceptions, like Blanc de Blancs and vintage Champagnes, most Champagnes are blends from different areas and even different vintages, using the three Champagne grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.

Lets talk bubbles

There’s no denying it, Champagne sparkles with life as it is poured. The bubbles may be described as fine or medium-sized; steady, streaming or moving in groups; light and tiny; fast and furious, or slow and shy. Some whizz through the liquid like shooting stars, whirling and spiralling upwards. Others are more enduring and generous, settling in a delicate cordon round the edge of the glass. Others still are more discreet and dispersed or on the contrary very evenly distributed.

Wine critics often talk about tiny, silvery bubbles or bubbles that shatter into fragments of gold. What better way to celebrate Christmas?

Adjectives used to describe the mousse might be creamy, white, fine, enduring, lively, elegant, graceful, pale or frothy. The cordon formed by the mousse may be compared to a delicate string of pearls. How beautifully decadent!

What should you look for on the palate?

We agree with Louis Bohre, an early 20th century Champagne ‘explorer’ who advised “The palate should be surprisingly but pleasantly sparkling, instantly seductive and velvety. The taste should have an underlying fruitiness, with a lingering fragrance that causes you to meditate silently and at length on the wine’s aromatic qualities – long after you put down your glass”. . So whatever your tastes and your budget, Louis’s advice on Champagne holds true.

The drink of kings

Champagne first gained international attention for its association with the crowning of French kings in Reims (in the Champagne region of France), and champagne wine was served as part of coronation festivities.

At a time when France was one of the dominant world powers and a major cultural force throughout Europe, news about the bubbly wine from the Champagne region of France quickly spread and the drink became wildly popular. And because French nobility represented the epitome of power, luxury and class, champagne automatically was associated with luxury and power. Seizing on this opportunity, the leading manufacturers of champagne devoted considerable energy to creating a history and identity for their wine–associating it, and themselves, with nobility, royalty, luxury and power.

The strategy paid off. Today, champagne has become synonymous with celebrations, luxury, opulence and thanks to Cubby Broccoli the drink of international secret agents. Visit our page @gourmetfoodguide on Instagram to see more of our video champagne reviews where we compare Krug with Dom Perignon and will definitely be filming and celebrating Christmas and New Year with a glass or two of this delicious and indulgent wine. Cheers and Merry Christmas!