Paris, France — As we head into the 10th Day of Christmas for this Christmastide that began on December 25th, glowing jewels from the Parisian house of Isabelle Langlois are a great way to celebrate. The house brought out a chic trio of rings in a collection called Un tramway nommé désire (A Streetcar Named Desire). These four tiered rings astound by the depth of the color of the precious stones. The rings are fashioned in white gold and set with diamonds and either blue sapphires, yellow sapphires or pink sapphires. But celebrations would not be complete without a Yule log cake and some fine pink sparkling wine from respectively the Terre Blanche Resort and the Orfèvres du Vin which literally means the Goldsmiths Wine.
Pastry chef Jérémie Gressier dreamed up two Yule log cakes for the Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort in the shape of a delightful wrapped candy. The white cake showcases the local Provençal savors of the orange blossom water of Vallauris and the citrus fruits of the Vessières nursery. The litany of flavors continues with a vanilla and citrus fruit marmelade and a vanilla and orange blossom mousse. The chocolate Yule log cake dressed up in a red wrapper is a stunning combination of dark chocolate of Uganda from the Duplanteur manufacture in Grasse and jasmine from Montauroux. Both of these creations are perfectly paired with the sparkling rosé Burgundy wine, or cremant, from the Orfèvres du Vin. This sparkling wine is made with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a wisp of Gamay grape varieties. Fruity, dry the Burgundy sparkling wines are a wonderful way to celebrate the season.
Meanwhile Isabelle Langlois is the daughter and granddaughter of lapidaries in the Jura region of France. Lapidaries are artists and crafts people who form stone, minerals and gemstones using the lapidary techniques of cutting, grinding and polishing. In short the designer was born into a world of gemstones. The house celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2022 and her jewelry can be found in her Parisian boutiques and in jewelry boutiques in France and more than 25 countries around the world. ©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette