Cheese Tuesday at L'Espalier - Climb Every Mountain: Alpine Cheese
For our third course, we had Giannone Farms chicken with boudin Blanc, new potato two ways and roasted pepper compote. This was paired with 2009 Francos-Espanolas "Bordon", a Reserva Rioja from Spain.
Finally, we were on to the Grand Fromage, a celebration of Alpine cheeses, paired with 2013 Vins de Vienne by Saint Joseph in Rhône, France.
Beaufort Chalet d'Alpage from Savoie, France, was up first, followed by one of my favorites, Challerhocker from Togenburg, Switzerland. Then it was on to Monte Veronese Malga, DOP, from Veneto, Italy.
After indulging in the delicious cheeses, I tuned up my guitar and we all sang "I'm a moo cow grazing in a meadow" to the tune of "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" from The Sound of Music. As a reward for my performance, the fabulous Louis Risoli treated me to the dessert Black Hole: four dimensions of chocolate with black sesame asteroids and a cranberry-orange sun.