Rosters: May 8 at Gastronomie 491

The Joy of Cheese/Gastronomie Minatures

Better Red Than Dead: An Express Set of Pairings

Martin Johnson (Gastronomie 491) Michael Whidden (AI Selections)

Cheese: Kunik: A super creamy goat’s milk cheese from the southern Adirondacks.

Wine: Lambrusco (Emilio Romagna)

Cheese:  Ossau Iraty: a leading Basque lend of goat and cow’s milk made in Savoie and aged by Jacques and Jean Francois Paccard.

Wine: Reposo Tinto ’09 (Valencia)

Cheese:  Marcel Petit Comte:  A Comte from the leading producer in the Jura aged by two masters.

Wine: Yarden Mount Herman Red (Golan H.) ’10

Cheese: Cinerino:  A smooth buttery, slightly smoky pecorino from Castelcivita.  

Wine: Golan Cab (Golan H)




Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best by Max McCalman and David Gibbons

American Farmstead Cheese by Paul Kinstedt

Mastering Cheese by McCalman and Gibbons



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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