Newsletter Faure competition winners- St Nectaire – Duck terrine – Unique and Exclusive French Market Pol Roger champagne – wine – Delamain cognac tasting 4July

Dear French Market Shoppers,
I was so glad to see the sun today after the most horrific bad weather. Just as well I was inside getting a titanium ankle therefore I did  not miss much. Thank you to all of you who sent me your good wishes. I am recuperating well. After a week in hospital I am now in the Palm Gardens private care facility where the physios bully me with sweet smiles and a “try a bit harder Dear” attitude as they torture me. I now understand the expressions of pain on the footballers’ faces when they roll around the ground after hurting their muscles.
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My head has cleared from the effects of the morphine, for a few days I found I could only keep my eyes open for about 5 minutes then would drift off. The shop of course carried on and I managed to keep in contact with my wonderful helpers and suppliers. When I tried to reply to mails or type orders via email I could not hit the right letters, it was if I had drunk a couple of bottles of wine (now how would I know that experience? ) I ended up slurring my orders over the phone. Hopefully they delivered what I think I ordered.
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I did manage to successfully organise the French Market Faure concert competition. Thank you to all of you who wrote in and also got all the answers right. I confirm the 2 winners of the pairs of tickets, they were the first 2 to answer correctly,  are Anna Morris, the well known photographer of annashoots.com and Wouter Oelofse of Reddam Atlantic Seaboard. For the rest of you who did not win, do remember that you can still buy tickets through Computicket for the Concert on Sunday 26June at 16h30 at the Endler Hall Stellenbosch. There is an interesting pre-concert talk at 15h30. I hope to come  up with some more competitions for you in the future as you obviously enjoyed this one.
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This week I have received a new stock of cheese and my fridges are full to the brim. We have all the usual favourites and a new stock of Pont l’Eveque. I am expecting to arrive on Friday/ Saturday morning (as long as SAA does not delay) some St Nectaire that lovely pungent rind cheese from the Massif Centrale, some Fromage Frais and Emmental. I will also receive a very tasty, coarse textured, Duck and green peppercorn terrine, some saucisson sec nature, with herbes de provence and with black peppercorns.
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I am busy selecting the stock of my French wines and spirits. I will launch them in the shop when I return (on my little crutches) during the first week of July. My vision is to offer good quality wines and fine spirits from the different regions of France to be able to pair with my delicious French cheeses. Whilst I  have had a long standing love affair with our Cape wines, I think it is generally acknowledged that the French, as in the production of cheese, are great masters of the art of blending which producers such finesse and subtlety in their wines and spirits. I have always enjoyed drinking good wine and understand the very basic elements of the production. In order to convey the history and tastes of the wines in the same way as I do my cheese, I am walking a journey of discovery to improve my understanding of why one wine tastes different from another; the impact of the terroire, the climate and production methods which enable a master wine maker to turn a bunch of grapes into a liquid whose aroma tintillates the senses and brings delight to the palate. I will be selecting wines and spirits of good quality, often from smaller producers. I look forward to sharing my discoveries with you and hope to arrange various unique wine tastings in the coming months.
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I am organising my very first Unique and Exclusive French Market ‘Champagne, Wine and Cognac’ Tasting with French cheese pairing on Friday the 4th of July in the afternoon (the location will be confirmed to you when you book).  We will start with a taste of Pol Roger Champagne. The descendants of Pol Roger still own the business which holds the current Royal Warrant as purveyors of champagne to Queen Elizabeth ll (not bad as a reference Doll). This will be followed by tastings of 5 fine wines from different regions. To top all of this, the Director, Monsieur Peyrelongue of the House of Delamain Cognac,  which specialises in very aged Cognac produced from the grapes grown solely in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac, is flying in to Cape Town to present 3 of his cognacs: Pale & Dry, Vesper and Extra Cognac. This Cognac house based in Jarnac, was founded in the 1700s  and Monsieur Peyrelongue is a direct descendent of the founder, James Delamain. I have attached an interesting note from Delamain which advises how one can best appreciate a top Cognac with tasting notes on the 3 Cognacs that we will taste. See attached tasting notes.
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I am sure you will agree that the word unique aptly describes this tasting and it is exclusive to the French Market. In order to do justice to the quality of the wines and cognacs being presented (and of course my amazing cheese pairing) I am limiting the number of places. Please could you indicate to me as soon as possible if you are interested in booking a place for this event or require more details and I will send you the  information. The cost is R400 per person. I am preparing an e-brochure with greater details. The tasting will not take place at my shop due to size and I will confirm the location to you when you make your booking.
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I am sure you understand why there is no recipe this week as the hospital would not permit me to cook in the ward.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Best regards
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Suzanne

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