Poppin’ Bottles, Cuttin’ Cheese
There’s really no better way to close out one year and welcome the next.
And isn’t everyone’s resolution to eat more cheese in 2018? 😉
I’ve never found a cheese that didn’t like a little Champagne.
But certain pairings are more much pleasurable than others.
The cheese coats your mouth with buttery flavors and the wine’s effervescence cuts
through it like Scrubbing Bubbles, prepping your mouth for another luscious bite.
Cava and Prosecco also pair successfully with these cheeses.
They have a fruitier flavor with a softer mouthfeel,
compared to Champagne’s toasty notes and aggressive bubbles.
1. Double-Cream Bries, like Fromage d’Affinois from Fromagerie Guilloteau
and affordable even when you’re eating a lot of it. Best spread onto baguette.
2. Soft washed-rinds, like Langres from Fromagerie Germain
Langres is a perfect choice: though milder than famous funkies like Époisse, it’s made near the Champagne region
and has a divet in the top-center called “la fontaine,” which is traditionally filled with Champagne before serving.
3. Aged chèvre, like Buchette from Laura Chenel
Goat cheeses become denser and creamier with age, blossoming with clean, floral flavors and peppery notes near the rind.
Buchette, a personal-sized goat log from California, becomes especially melt-in-your-mouth gooey when ripened.
Eating it is like wearing silk pajamas, but for your mouth. Try it with warm, crusty bread.
4. Alpine Cheese, like Comté
Really good Comté is complex and often has a slightly yeasty, sourdough flavor that mirrors those found in Champagne.
I like to set out a big hunk of well-aged Comté and casually slice off slivers throughout the night as I enjoy my bubbs.
5. Creamy Blues, Like Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery
Blues can range from firm and crumbly to smooth and spreadable. When it comes to bubbles, I lean towards the latter.
Rogue River Blue, wrapped in pear brandy-soaked grape leaves, is an exceptionally soft, luscious specimen
that saturates the palate with a fantasy of ripe figs, butterscotch, and hazelnuts.
Enjoy it with the best bubbles you can afford.