In some circles, Roland Barthélemy is known as The Pope of Cheese. Owner of the highly acclaimed acclaimed Fromagerie Barthélemy in the heart of Paris, he has a leadership role in La Guilde Internationale des Fromagers and helped bring the cheese trade into the Concours de Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (France’s prestigious professional competition). He’s also a cheese diplomat—his title, specifically, being Ambassador of the French Patrimony of Cheese [ . . . ]
It’s the color of dark rum, a huge sweet presence on the front palate but the finish is transformed into an infinitely lingering, burnt toast zestiness. It has an alcohol content of 18%, so it’s certainly not a regular wine, and a residual sugar of 139 g/L. Standard wine will be less than 5, so there’s something pretty unusual [ . . . ]
The French cheese lovers of Twitter are having a little fun at the expense of Whole Foods after photos popped up online showing what appears to be a crime against the world’s best cheese.
Labeled “Cheeses From France,” the displays — allegedly seen in Detroit and Washington D.C. stores — features a stylized map of the country that incorrectly pinpoints the origins of cheeses famously named for the places they’re produced.
Oh la la!
The French elegantly use the word “terroir” (ter-war) to describe the specific characteristics of an earthly location that’s usually applied to grape-growing areas. In his witty book “What the French?!” Olivier Magny says, “Terroir is somewhereness; it is the essence of a place, its signature. It is what’s unique, nonreproducible and singular about it.”That’s one of the best definitions I’ve heard for “terroir.” Along with wines and foods, the term can also be applied to beautiful rivers, stunning forests, rock formations and even cultural habits. It’s knowing where you are by seeing certain sights, or behaviors like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. In Paris, it’s the Champs Elysees with the Arc de Triomphe or [ . . . ] More: What’s underfoot flavors great cheese | Home | calaverasenterprise.com