Rosters: Funkilicious, 92Y 09.12.13

Funkilicious: Offbeat Wines and
Cheeses to Match
92Y September 12, 2013
Instructors: Michael Whidden (AI Selections) Martin Johnson
(The Joy of Cheese, Gastronomie 491)
Wine: Zidarich Vitovska Verde 11
Cheese:  Pecorino Rosso, a Tuscan Sheep Cheese rubbed in tomatoes.
Wine: Zidarich Vitovska 09
Cheese:  Oma, a buttery, earthy cheese from Vermont.
Wine: Zidarich Malvasia 10
Cheese:  Caprotto,  floral, citrus-ey firm goat cheese from Italy.
Wine: D&G Carignane 12
Cheese: Spring Brook Tarentaise, an alpine style cheese from Vermont.
Wine: D&G Pinot Noir Helluva 12
Cheese: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a unique spin on the classic clothbound cheddar from Vermont.
Wine: D&G Syrah Fenaughty Vyd 10
Marcel Petite Comte, a smooth, nutty, fruity edition of the French classic.
Wine: D&G Late Harvest Chardonnay 11
Cheese: Harbison, a smoky brie-ish cheese from Vermont
Gastronomie 491 is at 491 Columbus Avenue between 83rd and 84th.
For more cheesy information please visit or e-mail Martin at

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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