Rosters: 92Y Uptown 07.11.13: Hard Ciders and Cheese

Cheese & Hard Cider Pairing
92nd St. Y, 07.11.13
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, 4.5% abv
Classic English-style draft cider.
Round 2
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar: An American spin on the classic clothbound concept..
Cider: Foggy Ridge Serious Cider – Virginia – 7% abv – Cider maven Diane Flynt makes this gem in the Blue Ridge mountains.
Round 3
Tomme De Savoie:  A particularly buttery and earthy iteration of the French classic from Jean Francois Paccard.
Cider: Oliver’s Classic Perry – UK – 6% abv – Pear cider that has been awarded European recognition as a unique regional specialty.
Round 4
Coolea:  A complex yet balanced aged gouda from Ireland.
Cider: Original Sin Newtown Pippin Single Heirloom Varietal Cider – New York – 6.7% abv – New York’s nearly-extinct native apple is celebrated in this beautiful cider.
Round 5
Camembert Tremblaye: As close to the real thing as you can get here
Cider: Naked Flock Original Çider – New York – 6.8% abv – Champagne yeast & local honey adds depth to this Upstate cider.
Round 6
Challerhocker: A nutty, grassy alpine cheese from Switzerland.
Cider: Isastegi Sagardo Naturala – Tolosa, Spain – 6% abv – Traditional Basque cider from the ancient Basque capitol.
Round 7
Torta Del Casar:  Buttery, briny and pungent, this sheep’s milk cheese is from Spain.
Cider: Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut – France – 5% abv – Normandy is to cider as Champagne is to sparkling wine.
Round 8
Roquefort Le Meunier:  The most amazing blue ever?  Maybe.
Cider:  Famille Dupont Pome 1998 – France – 17% abv – Cider & calvados blended, then aged for 7 years in oak casks.
These cheeses are available for retail sale at Gastrnomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (83rd-84th).  Other great places to shop in Manhattan include The Bedford Cheese Shop,  Murray’s, Whole Foods Bowery, Dean and DeLuca in Soho, Whole Foods Tribeca,  Eataly, Saxelby Cheesemongers and Formaggio Essex, Stinky Bklyn, and Artisanal.

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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