Rosters Hard Cider and Cheese, 92Y Uptown July 12, 2012

Cheese & Hard Cider Pairing

92nd St. Y, 07.12.12

Instructors:  Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese, Gastronomie 491) and Dave Herman  (Grand Tsar of Malt)
Round 1
Keen’s Cheddar
The classic clothbound cheddar from Somerset England.

Cider:  Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider – New York

Classic English-style draft cider.

Round 2
Monte Enebro:  A blue rinded, soft goat’s milk cheese from Spain.

Cider: Fox Barrel Pacific Pear Cider – California

Tastes & smells just like a fresh pear, with a hint of woodiness in the finish. Sweet, simple & light. Mild carbonation.


Round 3
Comte Le Meunier:  A Comte from the latest newsworthy French affineur.

Cider: Sarasola Sagardoa Basque Cider – Astigarraga, Spain

Sharply tart start balanced by sweetness underneath. Finishes dry. No carbonation.
Round 4
Point Reyes Blue:  A sweet cow’s milk blue from California.

Cider: Foggy Ridge First Fruit Cider – Virginia

Light, tart & crisp. A hint herbal. Made from early-season apples. Medium carbonation.

Round 5
Camembert Tremblaye: As close to the real thing as you can get here

Cider: Original Sin Newtown Pippin Single Heirloom Varietal Cider – New York

Slightly funky & acidic, definitely a green apple flavor. Almost champagne-like in flavor, but carbonation is soft.

Round 6

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar: An American spin on the classic clothbound concept..

Cider: Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider – New Hampshire

Rich & very dry. Acidic, astringent & even tannic. Well carbonated & long finish.

Round 7
Canestrato:  Buttery, nutty and slightly sweet, this sheep’s milk cheese is from Casa Madaio in Castelcivita Italy.

Cider: Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut – Normandy, France

Intense and complex, long finish. Slightly farm-yardy. Hints of cooked apples (they claim Tart Tatin and caramel). Champagne carbonation.

Round 8
Winnimere:  A soft, bark-round cheese from Vermont that is washed in a lambic ale.  .

Cider:  Etienne Dupont Pommeau – Normandy, France

Think a tawny port made from apples instead of grapes. Rich & sweet, no carbonation. A little nutty. FYI- this is calvados & cider blended together.


These cheeses are available for retail sale at Gastrnomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (83rd-84th).  Other great places to shop include The Bedford Cheese Shop,  Murray’s on Bleecker St., Whole Foods Bowery, Dean and DeLuca in Soho, Whole Foods Tribeca,  Eataly, Saxelby Cheesemongers and Formaggio Essex, Stinky Bklyn, and Artisanal.


The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese by Jeffrey Roberts

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

Mastering Cheese by McCalman and Gibbons

The Brewmaster’s Table by Garrett Oliver

For more on upcoming Joy of Cheese events visit or e-mail Martin at

For more wonderful cheese information please visit

Next 92nd St. Y class:  In the Fall.


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 Rosters Hard Cider and Cheese, 92Y Uptown July 12, 2012

  1. Lois says:

    Very interesting – we live very near Cheddar and were there today in fact enjoying a local cheese, Draycott Blue! You’ve reviewed a lovely selection here – I could just fancy a little taste with a nice port and some high-baked water biscuits!

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