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George goes back to the motherland!

George goes back to the motherland!

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It was time to take King George to the U.K. for a bit of fun, history and general pudding prandials while exploring the motherland. Much like the Expedia gnome, you never know where George will go. What was very curious was that there were all these shops in this little town, claiming to be the “original” Bakewell pudding, but after seeing the 3rd or so, George was a little suspicious about the whole thing! Unfortunately we didn’t time our travels quite right, and missed their local festival, but have noted it for future visits, and will enter King George accordingly. After a quick trip down the country, it was time for a glass of rose and a visit to SW London. Looking a bit battered after the journey, George was ready to put his feet up and relax. Fresh in the morning, George’s first stop was a roots tour to Moreton Terrace in Westminster. This was the home of The Art of Pudding Purveyors’ maternal family, and the real reason that George exists today. George got a little emotional thinking back to many Christmases that were celebrated with 3 generations of pudding makers. A leisurely stroll took George to the iconic Westminster Abbey. A little history about this 1000-year-old church, which is neither cathedral nor neighbourhood parish. Technically, the Abbey is referred to as a “Royal Peculiar” with 100% accountability to the Sovereign in power. George paid his respects to the coronation location of George the First and his namesake. The walking tour continued through a rehearsal of the Trooping of the Colour. George was so lucky be part of the Queen’s official birthday celebration, which takes place long after her official birth date. It was royal pageantry at its best! Retail therapy on the high street was next on George’s agenda. A stop at Hatchards, the U.K’s oldest bookstore, and shoe shopping at Selfridges all left George a little overwhelmed; not to mention a peek in the Ritz with its own Morgan Aero8 parked in front. Pudding intelligence was a necessary part of this trip, so the hardship of visiting all the top food halls was very taxing. George visited Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Selfridges in addition to the...

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Wine and Spirit Recommendations for the King George Christmas Pudding

Wine and Spirit Recommendations for the King George Christmas Pudding

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On a wonderfully sunny Saturday in October, five Cornell Hotel School graduates, led by the head of Beverage at the CHS, Cheryl Stanley, worked through a great tasting of paired drinks with King George. Cheryl took us all over the map, and her notes are below. Hopefully this will help you frame your end-of-festive-meal selection over the holidays. Cheers!     Christmas Pudding needs to be enjoyed with a beverage, so how perfect would it be enjoying the pudding with a nightcap after a wonderful meal. In selecting the potential beverages, body, texture, flavors, aromas, and sweetness levels were considered to find the best match. Below are the top favorites of a panel of educated consumers.     Late Harvest Vidal Blanc from New York or Niagara Peninsula – This style of wine has layers of orchard and stone fruit. There are hints of honey and lots of sweetness on the palate. With the rich intensity of the fruit in the King George Christmas Pudding, the late harvested Vidal blanc complements specifically the citrus fruit flavors in the pudding. The sweetness of the pudding complements the sweetness of the wine. This is a delightful pairing with each other. Tawny Muscat from Australia – This nutty floral and fruity wine complements the nutty and fruity flavors and aromas of the Christmas Pudding. These two items accompany each other well due to the delicate slightly savory and spicy notes in the wine and the pudding. An aged tawny port from Portugal would be similar in style to this wine and would be a recommended food and wine pairing. Oloroso Sherry – An oloroso sherry would complement the nuttiness in the Christmas pudding. A medium-dry style would be even better because of the sweetness in the pudding and in the wine. The body of both of the wines equal each other in weight and texture. Sercial Madeira – The fruitiness accents the fruitiness in the wine. This wine has wonderful acidity and cleanses through the pudding to refresh for each bite. There is a wonderful surprise because the wine is complex in aromatic profile and there are similarities to the citrus notes in the wine. Maple Liqueur – What is more Canadian...

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