Domaine des Baumards Brut Carte Turquoise

Domaine des Baumard lies tucked away in the tiny village of Rochefort-sur-Loire, just south of Savennières, in the very heart of the ancient Duchy of Anjou. This property is an impeccably run estate that has been fashioning outstanding Loire Valley wines since 1634. The historical Baumards are viticulturists who specialize in two grape varietals, the great but now nearly forgotten Chenin Blanc variety, and Cabernet Franc, the Loire Valley's premier red grape. Under the recent guardianship of Jean and Florent Baumard, Domaine des Baumard has soared to new heights, even as many of Baumard's neighbors have struggled to maintain their marginal vineyards. Although Domaine des Baumard has played a key role in producing great Loire Valley wines for centuries, much of the modern-day lore can be attributed to Jean Baumard, Florent's father, who resurrected this family property in the 1950s and 1960s after decades of decline due to phyloxerra, economic depression, and the ever-shifting tastes of the wine-drinking public. For decades, the Baumards, like many of their neighbors, were forced to concentrate their efforts on their nursery business and the cultivation of vines rather than winemaking. That is, until the 1950s, when Jean began acquiring several of the greatest vineyards in Côteaux-du-Layon and Quarts de Chaume and refocused the family's effort into the crafting of the greatest of all Loire Valley wines. Presently, Domaine des Baumard has one of the most extensive portfolios of Anjou wines, including outstanding dry Savennières offerings, sweet treasures from Côteaux-du-Layon and Quarts de Chaume, a beautiful, highly perfumed Cabernet Franc, and at least three of the Loire Valley's most enjoyable sparkling wines, which includes Carte Turquoise. There are also a number of limited productions from single vineyards. All of Baumard's wines are hand harvested, and each of the estate's wines is made in small, individual lots.

Fresh as a spring garden and as delicate as a blossom in the afternoon breeze, Baumard's Carte Turquoise Crémant de Loire captures the essence of sparkling wine from France's fabled Loire Valley. As a fine Crémant de Loire and a proper Baumard Chenin Blanc, the Carte Turquoise exhibits a persistent, tiny bead; at the same time, it radiates from the glass a golden glow as if kissed by the summer sun. More importantly, this méthode traditionnelle Chenin Blanc offers delicate, sophisticated aromatics and plenty of soft, elegant flavors to beguile all the senses. Apple and cherry blossoms, fresh baked bread, and the fecundity of spring all come to fore in this wine. A myriad of flavors gently caress the mid plate and finish obligingly clean and perfectly dry. If there were enough of the balanced, lovely, supremely elegant Carte Turquoise to go around, it would be a staple at weddings and parties. No acid reflux or toxic burn from this sparkling wine. So, to begin the festivities, we suggest putting a good chill on this huggable sparkler (about 6-10° C). However, we prefer that it warm slowly in the glass to reveal its subtle charms and the great Anjou terroir from whence it comes.

Much of the beauty of Loire Valley crémant is its gentleness and versatility and Baumard's Carte Turquoise Crémant de Loire excels on both counts. Consequently, it pairs well with a wide array of hors d'oeuvres and canapés, and it can even hold its own with smoked salmon, replete with capers and onions. It provides an excellent complement to fish, especially lightly grilled or sautéed perch and trout. In addition, it serves as a charming aperitif. Ordinarily, we prefer to consume Champagne and sparkling wines, the Baumard Carte Turquoise included, at the beginning of the evening's festivities. However, for those among us who still insist upon saving the bubbly for after dinner, fear not. Carte Turquoise has a natural affinity for fruit and cheese. Together, they make for a splendid way to finish a meal. Port Salut and other cow's milk cheeses shine with this elegant sparkling wine. Moreover, the gentleness of this wine makes it easy to consume after a substantial meal.

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Featured wine: Enate - Tempranillo Joven - red wine

Enate is located in the village of Salas Bajas, in Somontano. despite the relatively young age of this winery, founded in 1991, is already one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain. The purpose of Enate is to produce high-quality and premium wines from the best grapes of Somontano, with respect for the ancient local traditions and using the latest technology. The D.O. Somontano Located in the northeast of Spain, in the province of Huesca. It is also a fairly recent D.O. (1984), but also one of the most dynamic and respected in Spain. The vineyards for this hip tinto are 550-600 meters above sea level, protected through the Pyrenees. The humidity is low, partly due to the drying effect of soft winds. The soil consists of a mixture of sand and clay, poor and water permeable. Due to the height is the difference in temperature between day and night very large, 35 ° C during the day, 17-18 ° C at night. This gives the grapes additional complexity, power and aromatic taste.

The hand-picked grapes are de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at 24 ° C. After malolactic fermentation the young wine is clarified and stabilized to maintain the youthful and fruity character

Taste impression:
Beautiful, inviting color. very aromatic, with hints of red fruit (cherries, currants, strawberries), caramel and licorice. Fresh and lively in turn, round and soft on the tongue, mouth-filling, warm and fruity, with ripe and pleasant tannins and a creamy, mild finale.

Culinary advice:
This exuberantly fruity young wine is an excellent companion for example tapas! Particularly recommended for fish or shrimp croquettes, sausages (chorizo ), Spanish spiced meatballs, (...) but also at the table with pasta, rice dishes and even grilled lamb chops or meat skewers. In short, a versatile food wine for cozy, informal moments of pleasure, alone or - even better - in a group.

Buy or taste this wine? For more information visit Wijnkoperij De Gouden Ton

Every two weeks we will be giving away a bottle of the featured wine. To stand a chance of enjoying a bottle, fill out the contact form including the name of the wine and we will let you know if you have been selected.

Magimix Le Mini Plus Food Processor

It was in France, in the heart of Burgundy, a region noted for its gastronomy, that Magimix invented the food processor 40 years ago.

Magimix products are designed to make life simpler for the serious cook. Most have their roots in professional products designed for commercial use.

For this reason they work well and are Built Better to Last Longer.

Thanks to Magimix innovations, the most demanding tasks can be accomplished quickly, easily and quietly.

The Magimix Le Mini Plus food processor is the perfect gadget. It's size is ideal for small kitchens and small families, making it easy to store in any cupboard (but why would you want to hide it when it looks so good on your kitchen counter top).

This is in every aspect a multi-purpose machine. It blends, chops, purees, juices and grates. With it's powerful motor, no job is too big. It comes with 2 bowls, one of 600 ml for small amounts and one of 1,7 litres, 2 grating attachments (fine and coarse) and an egg white beater and citrus juicer.

As a proud partner of Amsterdam Flavours, Magimix, in conjuction with us, is a giving away a Le Mini Plus Food Processor. Would you like the chance to win this brilliant machine? It couldn't be easier. Like our Facebook page and share the competition post and you will automatically go through to the draw. Good luck!

The lucky winner is: Rob Smelt!

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Lemon cakes

butter for greasing the tin
5 eggs
300 g castor sugar
140 ml cream
finely grated zest of 3 lemons
25 ml dark rum
pinch of salt
80 g unsalted butter, melted
240 g flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the glaze
50 g apricot jam, warmed
finely grated zest of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons juice
150 g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180° C. Lightly grease the loaf tin (26 x 9cm) with butter and line with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, lemon zest, rum, salt and melted butter. Sift the flour and baking powder together, then whisk into the egg mixture until smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and gently level the surface. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, turning the tin around halfway through cooking. Test the cake by inserting a small knife or skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean, then the cake is cooked. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Lightly brush the cake all over with the warm apricot jam. Leave for 5 minutes. Mix the lemon zest and juice with the icing sugar in a small pan and heat until lukewarm and smooth. Brush the lemon glaze evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Leave for a few minutes to set.

Place the cake on a baking tray in the oven, turn off the heat and leave for 3 - 5 minutes to dry the glaze - it will become translucent. Allow to cool before slicing.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours

Curious to taste these delicious lemon cakes? Like & share the Amsterdam Flavours facebookpage and maybe you will be the lucky winner of two lemon cakes. THE WINNERS ARE: Jan Kleijn, Jaqueline Kalma en Marianne Bitter. Congrats and enjoy! You can send your home adres to:

200 years of Wüsthof

Wüsthof was founded 200 years ago and to mark this special occasion, they are celebrating in style!

It is not without reason that Wüsthof is a leading brand name in kitchen knives and many other accessories. Two hundred years ago, in 1814, Johann Wilhelm Wüsthof started his manufacturing business that would later grow into one of the most prominent companies in the world of kitchen knives. All Wüsthof knives feature the distinctive trident logo, which was registered as a trade mark as far back as 1895. As a symbol of design and exclusivity, it is legally protected in nearly every country in the world. Wüsthof is continuing to innovate. In a state-of-the-art factory, Wüsthof employs the latest technology to produce top-grade products. Today, Wüsthof knives are available in more than 90 countries worldwide.

Special Anniversary Knife
More than 400 employees work tirelessly day in and day out to ensure that the German city of Solingen continues to deserve the title of ‘the knife capital of the world’. Every year, more than two million knives are produced by Wüsthof. This year, they have produced a unique limited edition anniversary chef's knife which is manufactured from carbon steel and palisander wood and crafted in the traditional way. This unique knife comes festively packed in a gift box.

Amsterdam Flavours is giving away a limited edition Wüsthof 200 year anniversary chef's knife. Like and share our Facebook page and you could be the lucky winner. THE WINNER IS: Linda Weusthof. Please send your address to: Congrats and enjoy!


Di Zabbia Limoncello and Orangecello

Brandon Zabbia, one of the co-owners of Cook'inn Catering, became interested in developing a limoncello after discovering an old family recipe of the Italian lemon liquor. After experimenting with different ingredients, Di Zabbia limoncello was born; a 100% organic limoncello; tangy and refreshing with a perfect balance of flavours between sweetness and acidity.

Traditionally it served as an after dinner drink (if served cold), as it is said to be an excellent digestive and soothes the stomach. But the liquor can also be served at other moments of the day, particularly as a cocktail. In addition to that, the liquor is a wonderful ingredient in cooking and baking. The chefs of Amsterdam Flavours will use Di Zabbia products to create exciting recipes.

Di Zabbia comes in two flavours; the more traditional limoncello with the lemon as key ingredient and Orangecello; where blood orange rind is used.

Curious to taste this delicious Di Zabbia? Like & share the Amsterdam Flavours facebookpage and maybe you will be the lucky winner of two bottles of Di Zabbia. THE WINNER IS: Irene de Jager. Congrats and enjoy!

For more information about the product please visit Di Zabbia

Di Zabbia Limoncello and Orangecello are also available at Bilder & de Clercq.