Roster: 10.25.12 92Y Autumn Wines and Cheeses to Match

Autumn Wines and Cheeses to Match

92 Y Uptown 10.25.12

Instructors Kat Kelly (Communal Brands) Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese, Gastronomie 491)


First Pairing

Cheese:  L’Amuse, an aged gouda from northern Holland with sweet overtones.

Wine:  Stopbanks Gruner Veltliner- New Zealand     

Light, high acid white with savory notes and white pepper finish.


Second Pairing

Cheese:  Caprotto, A firm goat’s milk cheese with a citrus-ey finish.

Wine:  Empordalia Sinols Blanco, Spain

Fat wintery white, low acid, meaty and round, dry but with slight nuttiness.


Third Pairing

Cheese:  Camembert Jouvence, a thermalized camembert from France.

Wine: Flama Roja Rosat Cava Brut, Spain

Sparkling cleansing rose, with notes of strawberry and cranberry and a hint of mint, Dry finish.


Fourth Pairing

Cheese: Adelegger, A Bavarian alpine cheese with an almost crisp nuttiness.

Wine: Grapesmith and Crusher Pinot Noir, Oregon

Light juicy Pinot Noir with decent acid and a hint of earth


Fifth Pairing

Cheese: Berghamkase:  a washed rind alpine from Switzerland.

Wine: Chateau de Bragues Bordeaux, France

Smooth, earthy, juicy round Bordeaux. Easy drinking, but classical style.


Sixth Pairing

Cheese: Essex Manchego, buttery and very very herbal, this is the best Manchego.

Wine: Marotti Campi ‘Orgiolo’ Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Superiore, Italy

Lacrima is super floral with scents of rose. This has been aged in oak, so it has intense savory notes as well- like sage. It has a lot going on!


Seventh Pairing

Cheese: Grayson, one of the leading American washed rind cheeses.

Wine: Tenuta Monteti Caburnio, Italy

Delicious, but not too heavy Super Tuscan. Deep, dark and smooth with dense brambly notes


Eighth Pairing

Cheese: Fourme Aux Molleux, a classic French blue, Fourme D’Ambert rinsed thoroughly in Vouvray.

Wine: Eden Calville Ice Cider, Vermont

Pure apple sweetness with highly acidic finish.



These cheeses are available at Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th).  For information on the wines visit


More cheese information is available at


Next 92Y classes

November 15: Cheese and Beer with Chris Munsey

November 29: Cheese and Sparkling Wines

December 6:  Cheese and Whiskey

January 10: Fortified: Ports, Sherries, Madeiras and cheeses to match.










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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One Response to Roster: 10.25.12 92Y Autumn Wines and Cheeses to Match

  1. Lois says:

    How interesting! You make pairings I would never have considered, goats’ cheese and white wine, camembert and rosé… I must try!

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