On August 16th we invited Marina, a honey sommelier to do a guided pairing with French cheese and French honey. The sweetness of honey goes perfectly with the sharp taste of a French cheese. The pairings were:
- Valencay is a fresh goat’s milk cheese from the Loir Valley. It is creamy, smooth and citrusy in taste and melts on the tongue harmoniously with Acacia honey, a light sweet honey.
- Brie de Meaux is a bloomy rind cow’s milk cheese from Ile-de-France. Its texture is creamy and smooth with rich aromas and a buttery, sweet and slightly earthy taste. Pairing well with a rich honey like a Chestnut honey.
- Salers, a farmhouse raw milk cow’s milk cheese from the Auvergne region is a rare cheese produced only from May to October. It is fruity and slightly spicy with a smooth texture pairing well with the freshness of the Eucalyptus honey.
- Tomme Vache Brebis is an uncooked pressed cheese made from both cow’s milk and sheep’s milk in the Pays Basque region. It has a smooth and supple creamy paste with notes of butter and grass, Pyrenees style. Perfect for a woody honey like Heather honey.
- Bonde d’Antan, a aged goat’s milk cheese from the Loire Valley with a creamline followed by a chalky white paste. Nutty, tangy and goaty’s flavors delicious with a sweet honey like Maritime Lavender honey.