On November 30th, Willm Wine and the French Cheese Board hosted a pairing event at 41 Spring Street for influencers and francophile lovers.
1. Riesling & Chevrot
The Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr is one of the most renowned Grand Crus of Alsace. Light yellow in color, this wine has a fresh nose with floral notes and touches of peppermint. On the palate there are notes of grapefruit zest that underline the freshness of this wine.
Le Chevrot is made from goat’s milk and has an off-white, slightly wrinkled rind. When very young, the cheese has a gentle, aromatic and a fine, moist texture. As it gets aged, the interior softens and the flavor becomes nuttier and fuller-bodied. At its peak, the cheese is denser and creamier, and there is a fruity edge to the taste.
2. Crémant & Chaource
This AOC Cremant d’Alsace is produced according to méthode traditionelle. This shows nice white golden bubbles. Fresh grape and apple on the nose and an elegant freshness.
Chaource is soft and creamy cow’s milk cheese with an earthy mushroom flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture. It is cylindrical in shape, similar to a brie, and is typically aged from two to four weeks – when the wheel is fully matured it has a nutty and slightly fruity taste.
3. Gewurztraminer & Epoisses: The finesse of this Gewurztraminer is due to the influence of limestone. It is golden yellow and aromatic. On the nose there are notes of rose spice and exotic fruits. It is silky, round and well balanced.
With its strong aroma and deep orange exterior, you might Epoisses to possess a bold flavor. However, you will find a smooth and silky cheese equipped with a unique, slightly salty taste.