Thursday, July 12, 2007

vin246: Epoisses

This orange wheel smells like wet running shoes and has enough salt to require beta blockers (good thing France has a pharmacy on every corner and pills are cheaper than cheese). It may be stickier than melted marshmallows, but I promise you won’t care because this milky rich cheese is so good you'll want to lick the knife and the plate clean. Napoleon supposedly loved it and the man had taste, look what he did with Fontainebleau.

Epoisses Berthaut is a fermier cheese. Thus, it is produced with milk from the cows on the farm (versus an artisanal cheese, which also is made by an individual producer but can be produced with milk from animals raised offsite).

The fromager on rue Daguerrere recommended red Bordeaux so we drank it with a Ségla Margaux. However, our cheese book suggests Pouilly-Fuissé, Sauternes (a sweet white). I was pleased with the differing opinions as it shows that there are no hard rules for pairing wine and cheese, other than enjoying them both as you like.

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