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Cheese Tuesday at L'Espalier - Cheese and Chocolate

Last night was another awesome Cheese Tuesday; with the theme of Cheese and Chocolate, it had to be awesome!

Hearts of palm with bitter greens, winter citrus, coconut, and kombucha sorbet was up first, paired with the very drinkable 2015 Karl Lagler "Steinborz" Grüner Veltliner from Wachau, Austria. The wine was amazing, with hints of pepper, and I plan on drinking it with the spiciest food I can find sometime soon!

The second course was just as good as the first; we had Georges Bank scallops with white chocolate, American paddlefish caviar, and parsnips. I adore parsnips. Bob Hayford, the resident "Cork Dork" was on point with his pairings all night, and the second wine, 2015 Granbazán Albariño from Rias Baixas, Spain, was excellent.

Long Island duck breast with cocoa jus and roasted carrots made for a tasty main course, and it was really neat to see how the chefs incorporated chocolate throughout the meal. This course was paired with 2011 Les Calèches de Lanessan fr…

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