Fromage of the Day, 07.04.10: Pleasant Ridge Reserve

Fromage of the Day, 07.04.10: Pleasant Ridge Reserve.  Nutty, smooth and delicately balanced, this is arguably the finest cheese made in America.  It pairs so well with so many red wines and should be fed to every wine geek who thinks that it’s futile to try and pair red wine with cheese. It also pairs well with minerally white wines, dark lagers and ales, and saisons.  If it was a Sonny Rollins record, it would be Road Shows. vol. 1, new and classic.

Just fyi: my shortlist for best American cheese also includes Cabot Clothbound Cheddar (it’s made by Jasper Hill Farms, forget your previous notions of what Cabot is about), Rogue River Blue, Vermont Shepherd, Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk, and Green Hill.


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 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 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.
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