Cheese Tuesday at L'Espalier - Climb Every Mountain: Alpine Cheese

Almost two weeks ago L'Espalier had a celebration of Alpine cheese, and I was fortunate enough to be in attendance! 
The night began with Warm Farm beets with Vermont fresh chèvre, hibiscus gelée, hazelnut, and crisps, served with 2012 Luc Massy "La Crosse". La Crosse is made from Chasselas grapes in Lavaux, Vaud, Switzerland. 
 
 
East Coast halibut was up next, with sweet corn, chanterelles, and lime. This was very similar to a previous month's offerings, and was paired with 2012 Robert Mondavi "Oakville", a Fumé Blanc from Napa, California. This was not your typical Robert Mondavi wine, and it paired perfectly with the preparation of the halibut.

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. 

Then we were back to France for Comte St. Antoine from the Jura region. We finished up back in Switzerland for cave aged Gruyere and Etivaz, from Vaud.
 

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.

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