A Grand Tour of European Cheeses


This past Tuesday was Cheese Tuesday at L'Espalier. We began with a nice summer salad of tomato-leek terrine with salami etna and winter truffles, paired with Cidrerie du Vulcain's Cidre de Fer from Fribourg, Switzerland. My wonderful friends also made sure there was a Jack Rose cocktail waiting for me when I arrived.


Eugen Müller's 2014 Forster Mariengarten, a Kabinett Riesling from Pfalz, Germany, and one of my friend Tara's favorite wines, was up next, served with a delicious field harvest gazpacho with Maine lobster.


Roasted veal loin with burnt citrus, ramp, and pork belly was amazingly well paired with Couvent de Thorins 2014 Moulin-á-Vent.


Finally it was time for the Grand Tour of European Cheese; this month, the cheeses were paired with 2015 Château de Montmal from Fitou, France.


Chabichou du Poitou, a creamy goat's milk cheese from France, was one of my favorites of the evening. It was followed by Robiola Tre Latti, made by Italian farmers who mixed cow, goat, and sheep milks to make the cheese. Then we were on to Paski sir, a sheep's milk cheese from Croatia, and Epoisses, a wonderfully stinky cow's milk cheese from France.


Hornbacker nature, a cow's milk cheese from Kaserei Fritzenhaus in Switzerland, was up next, followed by La Retorta, a sheep's milk cheese from Finca Pacualete in Spain. We finished the evening with the classic Stilton, a cow's milk cheese from Colston Bassett in England.

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