In February 2013, while Ihsan and I were visiting our friend Pere Planagumà (head chef at the restaurant Les Cols in Olot, Catalonia), we stopped in the ancient historic city of Girona for a food show and discovered chocolate maker Francisco Javier “Xavi” Rodriquez Perez. Actually, Xavi recognized us — he used to be the chocolatier for another Catalan chocolate company. It was a nice reunion seeing Xavi and to learn that he decided to open his own company Xocolates Aynouse l’Artesà in the town of Agramunt. Continue Reading »
The primary goal of our trip to Jasper Hill was to taste Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and select the wheels we thought would best suit our customers. This led us to taste over ten batches ranging from seven to eleven months old.
Clos Centeilles’ Côtes du Brian Blanc is a white wine made from 4 antique varietals – Araignan Blanc, Riveirenc Blanc and Gris, and Carignan Gris – from vines that Patricia rescued from a local nursery, planted, and fostered.
A delicate, understated Savoie white from Gilles Berlioz, made of 100% Jacquère, is the perfect compliment to one of my favorite aged Sardinian goat’s milk cheeses, Pantaleo. Coupled with some thin slices of exuberantly tart kumquats, I get all the sunshine and scents I need to make it through the deep-freeze of winter.
The Mystic Cheese Company was dreamed up by Brian Civitello and introduces both a new approach to cheesemaking and some delicious, fresh cheeses to our counter!
Last fall, I had the opportunity to visit the winery of Jean David, in the town of Seguret in the southern Rhône valley.