Friday, August 26, 2011

Which Champagne to Pair with Caviar

Caviar and champagne have always been considered the quintessential match when one mentions gourmet pairings.

When enjoying caviar and champagne, only the driest champagne is proper. Champagne selected for caviar should be brut or extra-sec. The dryness of champagne relates to the amount of sugar added to it. French brut has a sugar content between 0.5% to 1.5%, while French extra-sec has a sugar content between 1% to 2%. Compare this to a demi-sec or a doux, which can have a sugar content above 6%.

The most frequently selected champagne in fine restaurants paired with caviar is Dom Pérignon, the leader in the Moët et Chandon line. Vintages are a matter of personal choice, but 1990 seems perfect with Ossetra caviar. Taittinger is another popular choice, as well has vintage Krug.

In the end, personal preferences, as well as your purse or wallet, dictate the choice you make.

Good caviar and good champagne go hand-in-hand. Don't just serve caviar; present it, It is entirely worth it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Is Caviar Safe During Pregnancy?

"Can I consume Caviar during Pregnancy?" is a common question we get.

The answer is based on several factors. Here are three things to consider:

1-Listeria, which is a type of bacteria that can be found in food, can cause problems for both the mother and child during pregnancy. More information on Listeria and Pregnancy here. Generally, wild and farmed caviar that is NOT pasteurized contains listeria because of the way caviar is produced. Although the amount of listeria is minimal to none, and would generally not harm a normal healthy individual, there is a risk when it is consumed by pregnant women. However, caviar that IS pasteurized does not contain listeria - thus pasteurized caviar can be safely consumed by pregnant women.

2-Mercury, a pollutant often found in fish that can affect both a mother and child. Per FDA reports and standards, caviar generally contains the lowest mercury levels amongst seafood. Up to 6 ounces can be safely consumed per week. Fish Mercury Level information can be found here.

3-Ask your doctor. No amount of research on the internet or anywhere else is as valuable and accurate than consulting with your physician. Before consuming caviar, we highly recommended that you speak with your doctor if you are pregnant or can become pregnant.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Great Video about Sterling (Sustainable) Caviar

Check out this informative and detailed video highlighting Sterling Caviar Farms here in California (Sacramento) - Covers a little history of caviar, the production process, and some insight to what the future of farmed caviar holds.

Very well done video about sustainable caviar, titled "Green Eggs By The Gram: Sustainable Caviar."

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sturgeon amongst one-third of all freshwater fish threatened with extinction

The Telegraph, a British newspaper, has a very neat article about the threat of extinction regarding freshwater fish. The article also features a very well down interactive map highlighting specific species threatened with extinction, including Sturgeon, and details about each species.

Amongst the nearly 15,000 freshwater species that have been discovered, 5,685 have been assessed in these preliminary findings. The preliminary results of the assessment were revealed at the annual conference of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles at Bournemouth University.