Selection of Artisanal Cheeses
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
An artisanal cheese is any cheese that has been both made and ripened naturally. Look for a well-stocked cheese shop with a knowledgeable staff to guide you. For a table of six guests, select three cheeses of differing ages and styles. To accompany the cheeses, serve our Pear, Endive and Walnut Salad.
- 6 to 8 oz. ash-coated goat cheese, such as
Valençay, Humboldt Fog or Selles-sur-Cher
- 6 to 8 oz. semifirm cow's-milk cheese, such as
Saint George, Carmody or Gruyère
- 6 to 8 oz. blue-veined cheese, such as Saint-
Agur, fourme dambert or dolcelatte Gorgonzola
- Pesticide-free grapevine or fig leaves for serving
- Nut bread for serving
Wine PairingThis pairs well with medium-bodied sparkling wines like the Champagne Doyard Cuvée Vendemiaire 1er Cru from our Wine Club.
Directions:About 2 hours before serving, remove the cheeses from the refrigerator, unwrap them and let them come to room temperature.
When ready to serve, line a wooden cheese board with the leaves and arrange the cheeses on it. Serve the bread in a basket alongside the board. Serves 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Entertaining, by George Dolese (Oxmoor House, 2004).