Formaggio - See the World through Rosé Colored Glasses
Formaggio Kitchen always runs the most interesting food classes. This time I took a class about rosé, because what is better to drink during the summer months, if you're drinking wine?
Up first was a delicious sparkling rosé, Domaine Tissot Crémant du Jura Rosé, from Jura, France. This was paired with a toasty warm feta cheese with lemon, Greek oregano, and olive oil. The oregano may have been the best oregano I've ever had.
The next rosé, Domaine de la Fouquette Cuvée de la Aurore from Provence, France, was much lighter than the last rosé, and it was neat to see the variety of colors and flavors you can find in rosé. It was served with a Provençal tapenade crostini, made using Castelvetrano, oil cured Provençal, and anchovies, and a watermelon and tomato skewer with sherry vinaigrette. Nice and fresh and summery!
Chateau Cuilleron "Sybel" Syrah Rosé from Rhône, France, was next, and paired wonderfully with the crostini Toscani, a savory mix of chicken liver, tomato paste, and red wine on a crostini. Served alongside the crostini were oven baked potato chips with thyme and pimenton mayonaise.
Throughout the entire course, James Hull had been preparing this delicious summer risotto. It was made with locally grown zucchini, and was so creamy and good. Jessica Smith, the other amazing instructor from Formaggio, paired the risotto wonderfully with Montenidoli Canaiaolo Rosato from Tuscany, Italy.
Since it was a Formaggio class, there had to be a cheese plate. Courrone de Touraine Affine from Loire, France, and Brebis Pardou Ardi Gasna from Pyrénées, France, were served with Raphael Confiture Rhubarbe, also made in France. I love the taste of rhubarb, and it went particularly well with the sheep's milk cheese. This was paired with Domaine Couilly-Dutheil Chinon Rosé, from Loire, France. The night finished on an amazing note: a granita of Cocchi Rosa Vermouth and grapefruit. So refreshing and just a bit tart due to the alcohol and grapefruit. I want to make this at home!