Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 914 : American Cheese Celebrations : Day Four - Bonne Bouche

Let's finish up our American Cheese Celebration tasting from last week with our people's choice winner of the evening -- Vermont Butter and Cheese's Bonne Bouche. This pasteurized goat's milk disc of creamy goodness is the cornerstone of VBC's aged goat's milk cheese line -- geotrichum aged with a fabulous ashen exterior rind. Meant to be enjoyed young, it is all brightness and milkiness with a fresh, citrusy, grassy bent. As Bonne Bouche ages -- the flavors become more piquant.

What goes with this crowd-pleaser of a cheese?

Perhaps a nice glass of Blanc de Blancs or even a Long Island Pinot Blanc such as Lieb Cellars Pinot. The bubbles of a Blanc de Blancs will cut through the creaminess of the cheese and find their counterpart in the bright citrusy notes of the cheese. If you're not in a bubbles mood, the Pinot Blanc's crisp, bright, grassy, citrusy, pineapple-y notes will find their flavor match with the Bonne Bouche creating a perfect Springtime flavor moment.

Stay tuned over the course of the rest of the month of October for plenty more American Cheese Adventures! Here's to the greatness of the American Artisanal Cheesemakers!

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