It’s sad to say, but farmstead cheeses are disappearing in France. This is why I feel compelled to highlight the last remaining producer of Persillé de Tignes and to share my love of this cheese.
Having seen their tommes progress from curds into molds and finally to the cave, we sat around the Burgat’s kitchen table, drank some wine, chatted and sampled a wheel of their cheese with some bread. A pretty perfect evening in my book.
This has been a good year for cheese at Formaggio Kitchen. We were lucky enough to visit several producers—both old friends and new acquaintances—who are sending us some incredible cheeses.
Comté is an alpine cheese produced in the Jura mountain range of France. Since our fateful first visit, we’ve gone on to establish the most complete collection of Marcel Petite Comté in the country, with cheeses ranging in age from 8 months to 36 months.
Philippe Gonet’s goal was to make a variety of vinegar no one else made: Vin Jaune. Vin Jaune is a unique, oxidized wine that sits in oak barrels for just over six years.
Mosse Moussamoussettes: on a recent trip to New York, I was lucky enough to share a bottle of this lovely little Loire Valley wine with Brooke and Ayse from the Formaggio Kitchen Essex shop.
One of the questions that we often field on the cheese counter is what the term AOC actually tells us about a given cheese.
Perhaps best described as a French Gruyѐre, Comté seems to display a wider range of flavors than just about any other cheese we sell, and we enjoy delving into the nitty-gritty details of each wheel: its age, the location of the co-operative where it was made, and even the weather at the time the cows were milked.
I admit the name of this wine can be confusing. The bright pink liquid in this bottle has nothing to do with the fruit (black currant) or with the liqueur Crème de Cassis. Instead, this Cassis is the name of a pretty little town on the Cote d’Azur of Provence just between Marseille and Bandol.
Here at Formaggio Kitchen – despite our obvious allegiance to the Italian word “formaggio” – our dedication to French cheeses and other produits du terroir is the foundation for our entire selection.