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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Winter Warmers Series

New Yorkers rarely arrive at a consensus on anything, but I think there’s more than general agreement that this winter is brutally cold.  There are few better way to combat the cold than with great pairings of cheese and wine … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.20.14: L’Amuse

Fromage of the Day, 01.20.14: L’Amuse.  Tangy, salty and sweet, this aged gouda is from Santaport du Noord Holland.  It pairs with your favorite  Single Malt Scotch from Islay,  an Omnipollo Fatamorgana, a Vincent Sauvestre Chablis, or a Castanon Cider.  … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.16.14: Montgomery’s Cheddar

Fromage of the Day, 01.16.14: Montgomery’s Cheddar.  Complex, earthy and sharp, this is one of THE cornerstone classic cheddar from England.  It could make you forget that Americans make cheddar.  Monty’s pairs with your favorite Nebbiolo, an Evil Twin Christmas … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.14.14: Blu del Moncenisio

Fromage of the Day, 01.14.14: Blu del Moncenisio.  Creamy, smooth and earthy, this cow’s milk blue is from far northern Italy.  It pairs well with your favorite Chianti Classico, a Tournay Trippel, an Elmer T. Lee, or an Eve’s Cidery … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.10.14: Bayley Hazen Blue

Fromage of the Day, 01.10.14: Bayley Hazen Blue.  Peppery and earthy in large doses, this wonderful cow’s milk blue is from Jasper Hill Farms in Vermont.  It pairs nicely with an Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, your favorite Vouvray, Sheep … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.09.14: Rogue River Blue

Fromage of the Day, 01.09.14: Rogue River Blue.  Earthy, fruity and peppery, this leaf wrapped, award-winning, cow’s milk blue cheese is from Oregon.  More than a few cheese aficionados believe that this is the finest American made cheese.  It pairs … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.07.14: Fourme Aux Moelleux

Fromage of the Day, 01.07.14:  Fourme Aux Moelleux.  Buttery, earthy and sweet, this French cow’s milk cheese is an iteration of the classic Fourme D’Ambert that has been soaked in Vouvray; oh, that Rodolph Le Meunier! What will he think … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.06.14: Stichelton

Fromage of the Day, 01.06.14: Stichelton.  Fudgy, peppery and very very earthy, this cheese is made according to the original recipe of Stilton with raw milk and traditional rennet in Nottinghamshire England.  It takes its name from the medieval name … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.04.14: Colston Bassett Stilton

Fromage of the Day, 01.04.14: Colston Bassett Stilton.  Earthy, peppery and oh so buttery, this classic blue is made from cow’s milk in Nottinghamshire England.  It pairs nicely with your favorite Tawny Port, an Elmer T. Lee bourbon, a Stone … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day 01.03.14: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar

Fromage of the Day 01.03.14: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar.  Sharp, crumbly and nutty, this traditional yet contemporary cheddar is made from cow’s milk in Vermont.  It pairs nicely with your favorite Asturian cider, a Mahr’s Christmas Bock, just about every Chianti … Continue reading

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