Culture and traditions: this is the common basis of the two countries, which combine their specialities..
Foie gras, the jewel of French gastronomy, carefully produced for centuries in a region with a strong identity and a turbulent history. Sake, Japan’s emblematic alcohol, brewed for thousands of years to celebrate the Emperor, births, battles and everything that gives rhythm to life and love. Travel for a moment to the land of the Rising Sun with our whole Foie Gras with Sake.
You will appreciate the superior quality of our Whole Foie Gras with Sake in:
- The 100% French origin of the ducks
- The exclusive feeding of the ducks with French yellow corn
- The unbeatable quality of our whole duck Foie Gras
- The absence of any industrial additives, colourants or preservatives.
- The unique pairing of Foie Gras with the sweet and bitter nuances of sake.
Ingredients: Duck foie gras (from France), sake 2%, sugar, salt and pepper.
Guaranteed without preservatives, additives or colorants.
Storage: 3 years minimum, at room temperature. Keep the product in a cool, dry place away from light (cupboard, pantry or larder). Store in the refrigerator after opening and consume preferably within 15 days.
Sake, a sacred drink
It is not uncommon to refer to sake as “rice wine”, and while this appellation may be disingenuous about its brewing, it is undoubtedly the best cultural comparison. Just as wine has been prevalent in both the daily life and religious spheres of Catholic peoples, so too has sake been prevalent in the land of the rising sun.
Sake is a fundamental part of the legend of Sunanowo-no-Mikoto, a god cast out of heaven. In his legend, he must face a terrible eight-headed giant snake, Yamata-no-Orochi. To accomplish the feat, the hero prepares eight cups full of sake, so that the eight heads of the beast are intoxicated, allowing him to decapitate it with ease.
Because of this legend, sake is considered a sacred drink in Shinto religion. Various Shinto festivals involve the consumption of sake, or its offering to the gods.
From high-class restaurants to humble “izakaya” (sake pubs) for working people, sake is an important part of Japanese culture.
Our Foie Gras tasting tips:
How to get the best texture in Foie Gras?:
To obtain the best texture for your Foie Gras, place it in the refrigerator one hour before serving. This will give the Foie Gras the ideal consistency for tasting. Allow it to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Which bread to use with Foie Gras?:
Foie Gras has subtle flavours that can be hidden by very toasted breads. Our recommendation is to use simple flavoured breads such as peasant bread. Slightly fruity breads such as ginger can add an extra touch of flavour without overpowering the Foie Gras.
Which wine goes best with Foie Gras?:
The pairing of Foie Gras does not have just one correct answer. At Relais Gourmet, we recommend the following options:
- Pairing Foie Gras with sweet wines:
Wines such as Muscatel or Malvasia, or the French Monbazillac, Jurançon, or late Alsace, are perfect accompaniments to Foie Gras. Their natural acidity helps to harmonise the combination and makes them easy to digest.
Pairing Foie Gras with dry white wines:
Instead of harmonising, the texture of wines such as the fruity Catalan Xarel-lo, or the French Condrieu or Crozes-Hermitage, generate an interesting and elegant contrast on the palate.
Pairing Foie Gras with Champagne:
Lightly vinous champagnes are a very successful combination with our Foie Gras. The bubbles lend lightness to the apéritif, while their smoothness helps to reinforce the gourmet subtlety of good Foie Gras. We especially recommend bottles made with Pinot Noir or bottles of cava, as they are less acidic than champagne made with Chardonnay.
Pairing Foie Gras with red wine:
In the south-east of France, it is not uncommon to combine Foie Gras with full-bodied red wines. Irouleguy, Cahors, Madiran or Bergerac are some good red wines that will reinforce its flavour with the subtlety of Foie Gras. In Spanish wines, a good red wine from Ribera del Duero is a safe bet. When pairing with red wine, it is especially recommended to use a very simple tasting bread.
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