3/20/2006 5:54 PM
The wonderful organization, Learn About Wine asked Barrie Lynn - The Cheese Impresario - to teach a Cheese & Wine Tasting class with Adam Leemon who is Sommelier to the Stars. We tasted and tasted and tasted at The Geffen Playhouse, a terrific environment for some serious Sunday fun. I served six very different cheeses from California, Oregon, France, Spain and even Tasmania and Adam served nine wines.
My long time friend, “Heavy Lenny” Bronstein and his wife Arlene fell in love with the Fiscalini Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar and I know why. It's made by Master Cheesemaker, Mariano Gonzales, who is now a superstar in the national and international cheese scene. Rarely is a Bandage-wrapped cheddar produced in America that’s capable of challenging the best cheddars in England. With this Fiscalini Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar that’s aged 18 months, we tasted a rich butttery sharpness mixed with undertones of sweetness and hay. This cheese was voted "Best Farmhouse Cheese" at the 2002 American Cheese Society Competition.
We began with Cypress Grove's Humboldt Fog, a gorgeous goat cheese made by Mary Keehn. This cheese won 1st Prize for American Original Cheese at the American Cheese Society competition in Washington, D.C. in 2002. We moved on to an oozing Brie de Meaux, known as the authentic brie and then took a trip to Spain via Garrotxa, a very wine friendly goat cheese.
This different and delicious way to spend a Sunday afternoon ended with two big blue cheeses – Roaring Forties Blue from King Island Dairy in Tasmania and the totally unique Oregon Smoked Blue from Oregon’s Rogue Creamery. This cheese is cold smoked for 16 hours over hazelnut shells and totally rocks.
Adam paired wines from all over the world with this selection of cheeses as we revved up to end the weekend on a high note. Fun was had by all, especially by Barrie Lynn and Adam. Thank you to Ian Blackburn, Founder of Learn About Wine for involving The Cheese Impresario in his amazing wine experiences.
Take a look at my website www.thecheeseimpresario.com for a link to Learn About Wine.