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.
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.