Sneak Preview: Winter/Spring Semester 2013 at the 92nd St. Y.

Thursday January 10:  Fortified:  Ports, Sherries and Beyond with Cheeses to Match
Stilton and Port is a classic combination but there are plenty of amazing pairing opportunities with the unique sweetness found in various sherries, ports, madeiras, and other fortified wines.  Dave Herman will select, introduce and lead discussion on the wines; Martin Johnson will do likewise for the cheeses.

January 24:  Dubbel, Tripels and more:  A Survey of the Belgian Brewing Tradition with Cheeses to Match.
The stereotype of a Belgian beer is a brew that is somewhat sweet, slightly strong, and always delicious.  Please join us for eight pairings of beers and cheese that will either confirm or confound those notions (except the part about delicious).

February 7: Sparkling Wines and Cheese.

February 21:  A Journey to the Dark Side (of Beer) with Cheese to Match.
There are porters, stouts and many more options when i comes to dark beers, some are sweet, others not so much some are strong, some not.  The cheeses will likewise run the gamut in texture and strength.

March 7: Cheese and Whiskey

March 21 Better Red Than Dead: Red Wines and Cheeses to Match
In recent years, several noted wine authorities have publicly opposed pairing red wines with cheese.  Their advice notwithstanding, it can be done, it just has to be done mindfully.  In this class we will offer a survey of several amazing red wines with superb cheeses that match them perfectly.

April 11: Cheese and Beer 101:
What are the hops and curds equivalent to Brie and Chablis? In this class, we will explore eight cornerstone pairings of beer and cheese styles that should delight every enthusiast.

May 2: Cheese and Tequila


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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