What’s Up Wednesday
If you are a foodie, I think that one of the best playdates in the world involves hanging out with other foodies over exquisite food. I am not talking about the simplicity of a dish or two, but actually time to savour a smorgasbord of curated beauties that have been lovingly and masterfully created by food artists. And when it comes to curating, Sophie and Paul of Fromagerie Sophie are dialed! They are amazingly self-educated in the knowledge of perhaps one of the oldest traditions within food culture. The hype of food trends and fusion experiments would be no where without the art of cheese making. And thanks to Sophie and Paul, all of us SLO-ites can lean on their expertise and discover an amazing world outside of the supermarket standbys of cheddar and Monterey jack.
Lucky for us gals, we got to enjoy the most excellent playdate! Bringing along some lovely bottles of local wine, we saddled up to a communal table in their cheese shop to break bread and be amazed!
Sam and I have told you that cheese is actually our “love language,” right? But no, seriously. It is a legit way that we express and receive love! LOL
Man o’ man did we feel loved at Fromagerie Sophie!
Surrounded by so many gorgeous culinary delights, we were feeling more than a little inspired.
Time to get down to business! Or, more importantly, the time for eating!
Pairing with our Chronic Cellars bubbly, Sophie selected Chabichou du Poitou, Mimolette Extra Virile, and Le Saulnois Reserve Vielle Tome. The Chabichou (right in the center) had an amazing balance of lemon and fresh milk. Made from goat’s milk, it’s color and dense fudgey consistency was definitely a new addiction! However, the Mimolette’s intense orange hue, nuttiness and bitter rind were pretty darn memorable with our sparkling wine.
Did I mention we were pretty giddy with every platter. We kind of felt like we were in a dream. The best kind of dream….one that includes copious amounts of CHEESE!
Pairing with our Lone Madrone Albarino, I was kind of in love with the texture and tang of the Epoisses de Bourgogne (the center cheese) with the dried cherries. Happy sparks in the mouth! We love the Tome des Pictons (the one with the blue vegetable ash line running through it’s midsection) and Gorwydd Caerphilly. But dang it, that Epoisses was so memorable…guess that is why it was historically Napaleon’s favorite, as well!
With our Vina Robles Chardonnay, we enjoyed Saoumaintrain, L’Etivaz, and Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage. The last being the tastebud winner with our vino selection! The Beaufort created a sparkle on the tong with a mid palate saltiness that was magical with the wine. Ok, I sound like a nerd, but you should seriously play this game! Wine and cheese….everyone is a winner at this game!!
By the end of the night, we were feeling like family. How could you not when you spend a couple of hours delighting in your foodiness? Epic!
A seriously big thank you to Paul and Sophie for such a lovely night in their little downtown gem of a shop! We were tantalized and giddy with delight. Great conversation, great cheese and great wine. Not a bad way to spend a weeknight!
Ahhh, and to finish we enjoyed some of the most amazing chocolate with our Robert Hall port! Dick Taylor dark chocolate. One with flour de sel and the other with Sam’s fav: COCONUT!
Job well done! Happy bellies and happy hearts!