Gourmet Fare

The Twelve Days of Christmas: the Seventh Day of Christmas

Left: The Emerald Signature timepiece by Harry Winston with 158 brilliant-cut blue sapphires and a central emerald-cut blue sapphire and 185 brilliant-cut diamonds. Photo ©Harry Winston. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette. Right: The Tête-à-Tête by Harry Winston high jewelry time piece in platinum and diamonds. Photo ©Harry Winston. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — It’s already the Seventh Day of Christmas in this Christmastide as we enter into the last half of the Twelve Days of Christmas that began on Christmas Day and stretch into the night of 5th/6th of January, when the Three Wise Men entered into Bethlehem from somewhere East, guided by a star. Starry high time pieces from the house of Harry Winston are the order of the Seventh Day along with a fine French chocolate house and some great champagne from a family-owned Champagne house. Tête-à-Tête by Harry Winston is a high jewelry masterpiece combined with ultimate watchmaking expertise and it sparkles with no less than 474 brilliant-cut diamonds and 176 baguette cut diamonds. Meanwhile also from the house of Harry Winston is the Emerald Signature in 18K white gold and blue sapphires and diamonds. The emerald cut was Mr. Winston’s preferred cut for gemstones and the Emerald Signature by Harry Winston in blue sapphires was brought out in 2021.

And then there is the Parisian chocolate house of Fouquet, a house that celebrated its 170th anniversary in 2022. These are exquisite craft chocolates from the family-owned house that has been in the same family for five generations. All of the house’s chocolates are fashioned in Paris in the workshop inside the house’s historic boutique at 36 rue Laffitte. The house has brought out a special two-tiered (at least) box of chocolates for the holiday season filled with delicious pralines, dark and milk chocolates and the house’s delicious candied fruit pastes. These chocolates are even more perfect with a Blanc de Blancs champagne from another family-owned house, Charpentier. The house of Charpentier and its old historic vineyards are located in Charly-sur-Marne in the Marne Valley where all three of the traditional champagne-making grape varieties are grown: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot-Noir. The Charpentier champagnes are of a certain purity, each tasting of the work of an author behind it. The author of the Blanc de Blancs brut 100% Chardonnay from the Terre d’Emotion collection is Jean-Marc Charpentier, the eight generation of the family to grow and manipulate the grapes and to transform them into great champagnes.

©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette




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