Cheese Tuesday at L'Espalier - American Cheese Society 2016 Competition Winners

Last night, I treated myself to a cheese dinner based around the winners of the 2016 American Cheese Society Competition. We began with an end of summer salad with buffalo mozzarella, paired with 2015 Patricia Green Sauvignon Blanc from the Willamette Valley. I also ordered a pot of the Anniversary Blend, my favorite tea. 
Our second course was East Coast halibut with native sweet corn, chanterelles, and lime, paired with 2013 Analemma Gewurztraminer from Columbia Gorge.  This was probably my favorite course of the evening.  
Long Island duck breast with salt roasted sweet potato, brioche dressing, Abalone mushrooms, and black garlic was up next, served with 2014 Domaine Cagueloup Cuvée Minette from Cotes de Provence. I couldn't get enough of the sweet potatoes, they were so good. 
Le Colture Fagher Prosecco from Valdobbiadene paired well with the mix of award-winning cheeses on our plates. 
The first cheese was Little Mountain by Roelli Cheese Company in Lafayette Country, Wisconsin. This cheese won Best in Show. 

The next four cheeses won Best Soft Ripened Cheese in a record setting four way tie! Up first was Moses Sleeper from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, Vermont, followed by Harbison, also from Jasper Hill. Mountain Ash was up next, from Sweet Rowan Farm in West Glover, Vermont, followed by Ashley, from Mouco Cheese in Fort Collins, Colorado.

 We finished the evening with my two favorite cheeses, St. Malachi Reserve from The Farm at Doe Run in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Buff Blue, from Bleating Heart Creamery in Point Reyes, California. It was so cool to hear about the behind the scenes action at the American Cheese Society, and to see actual grading sheets used by the judges!


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