Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cheese Club Med

Last weekend we attended Cheese Club Med at the Palo Alto Cheese School. This was an opportunity to try a variety of Mediterranean cheeses with various wines and accompaniments. As we gathered, we enjoyed a refreshing cocktail made with Prosecco, chili, mint, lime and French vermouth. It had a kick, but was still light and perfect for a warm afternoon. It was served with warm pita bread and Saganaki, made from broiled Kefalograviera cheese.

Chef Jaimie Casey gathered the following cheeses for our afternoon adventure. 
We each had plates of :

Greek Sheep’s Milk Feta
Mahon, a cow’s milk cheese from Spain
Perla Grigia with Truffle, a cow’s milk cheese from Italy
Pecorino Romano Pepato, sheep’s milk cheese from Italy
Pata Cabra Mitica, goat's milk from Spain
Montbriac, cow’s milk blue cheese from France

Accompaniments included olives, toasted almonds and pecans, quince paste, muscat grapes, French bread, cranberry walnut bread and a spoon of a Spanish chorizo and chick pea compote.

Our drinks for pairing included:
Casal Garcia Vinho Verde
Mas Que Vino Cercavio Tempranillo ‘07
Sandeman Sherry Cream Armada

We spent two lovely hours discussing the cheeses and trying the various pairings. My favorite cheese was the Perla Grigia with Truffle (about 4 o'clock on the plate). It has cinnamon and nutmeg as well as the black truffle and was absolutely divine with the cranberry bread and Tempranillo. Perfect for a winter holiday party. I'll keep it in mind for that purpose, but I liked it so much, I’ve already bought some to enjoy just for myself! No special occasion required.


  1. How fun does that sound??? I adore cheese! Unfortunately in my quest to fit into my bikini in a few months I've reduced myself to the Laughing Cow wedge... (insert big sigh here!). On occasion though I can't help myself and I do love some of that Blue Brie that I get at TJ's with a slice of peppered salami. MMM!!
    Sounds like a fun day!
    I found limoncello bottles today! Will get it out early next week!!!

  2. That sounds SO fun to me. and cheese. There is truly nothing better! (And btw, you deserve to buy and eat as MUCH cheese as you want, Judy! :)

  3. Sounds like a great and really fun event!

  4. It looks so delicious. fantastic posting for recipes and really interesting this post .

  5. Cheese Club Med! I love THAT! Now, that is my idea of a perfect getaway. ;)

  6. What a great event! I love getting into a subject well and cheese and wine pairing has so much to be discovered when you look closer.