Perfect Pairing: Loupiac and Stichelton
Last Monday, my friend, Sacha, and I attended a wine and cheese tasting class, called "Perfect Pairings" at Artisinal. This is the rundown what we sampled and some of my favorite pairings.
- Sauvignon Blanc, New Harbor Marlborough, New Zealand 2007: Crisp, grapefruity, light yellow. Nice enough.
- Pinot Noir, Barton & Gustier, Vine dePays de L'Le de Beaute France, 2007: Drinkable. Slightly too much acid for my taste. Didn't really like this one too much.
- Juniper Pale Ale, Rogue Ales: Very bold flavor. Very hoppy and bitter aftertaste. However, went well with several of the cheeses.
- Loupiac-Gaudiet, Bordeaux, France 2003: Lovely dessert wine, not overly sweet. Deep yellow. Like drinking melted caramel. Complimented the sharper, high saltier cheeses.
- Nettle Meadow Kunik: Triple creme, made with mostly goat's milk and some cow's milk. So rich and delicious. Not too goaty.
- Chabichou di Poitou: Another goat cheese but firmer and more dense. Not as young as the Nettle Meadow. I would buy a wedge of this to eat for breakfast.
- Majorero: Sharper, crumbly goat cheese. Not my favorite of the night. Didn't have the flavor that the other cheeses had.
- Bianco Sardo: "Italian sheep's milk cheese--nutty!" That's what I jotted down, but to be honest I can't recall this cheese, so it probably wasn't a stand-out or didn't offend me.
- Montgomery's Cheddar: Deep golden color, sharp. Tasty. Aged 2 years. Went well with the Juniper Ale.
- Sbrinz: A cow's milk cheese from Sweden. Really wonderful flavor. Lots of tyrosine crystals that gave it crunch, and according to the instructor "packed with nutrients and proteins" .
- Stichelton: Amazingly creamy blue cheese, slightly grassy. Very flavorful.
Out of the 35 pairings, the best pairings, in my opinion are....
- Loupiac and Stichelton - Unreal!
- Sbrinz with the Ale and Loupiac
- Montogomery Cheddar and Juniper Ale
- Stichelton and Ale
- Loupiac and Nettle Meadow
- Bianco Sardo and Sauvignon Blanc
At the instructional level, the powerpoint lecture was a bit tedious at times, but I appreciated the informative tidbits here and there. Major downside: the location--a major pain to get to (10th Ave and 36th Street). But generally, the experience made for an enjoyable Monday night!