There are few things I love more in life than a nice glass of wine and a few gooey hunks of cheese. I’ve pushed aside the fact that I’m more than likely lactose intolerant, merely swapping my skim milk for almond in morning lattes, because the thought of giving up brie for life is unfathomable.
When our friend Paul Chevalier of Chateau D’Esclans passed along an invitation for a rosé and cheese class at the acclaimed Murray’s Cheese shop in the West Village, I was there faster than Ramona Singer slugs a glass of pinot. Yes way, rosé!
The event was hosted by the Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants, a hilarious food blog penned by two sisters. We Bitches can appreciate some fun girls who can eat and write eloquently. About 25 or so fellow oenophiles congregated in an airy private room above Murray’s Cheese and tucked in among large wine glasses and personal slate platters of cheese wedges.
Paul led the tasting alongside Katie Falconer, Murray Cheese’s chief cheesemonger. They did a great job rotating between brief wine and cheese lessons riddled with fascinating factoids and tips. Each wine was paired with approximately two cheeses and we were encouraged to mix and match between pairings.
You probably have sipped on Chateau D’Esclans unknowingly if you have ever drank a summer mainstay, Whispering Angel. Whispering Angel is a Bitch-approved beverage, which sells out across the country, and a much-loved partner of ours. Although most people associate rosé with the summertime, it is actually a refreshing vino that can be enjoyed any time of year. I personally plan to keep the rosé party going once the days get shorter and I’m swaddled in cashmere to give me hope of future sunny days and 70-degree weather.
My favorite takeaway from Paul was his handy Rosé Barometer. In short, you don’t want to drink the dark pink stuff. Although I love fuchsia hues on my manicures and lipstick, when it comes to rosé, lighter is better.
Outside of Whispering Angel, I was introduced to three other great Chateau D’Esclans varietals: Chateau D’Esclans Rosé, Chateau D’Esclans Les Clans, and Chateau D’Esclans Garrus. The Chateau D’Esclans Rosé was more acidic and sharp than Whispering Angel and paired well with the creamy, salty, and decadent Préferé de nos montagnes cheese. Les Clans was my personal favorite with a buttery and oaky taste complemented by the Chevre Noir cheese, a smooth and silky goat cheddar. The Chateau D’Esclans Garrus was the fanciest of the bunch having grown on the oldest vines (80+ years!) and barrel fermented for about a year.
The depth of Paul and Katie’s knowledge about their respective fields blew me away. I had actually never stepped foot in Murray’s Cheese before and it will now be my go-to spot for upcoming charcuterie platters. I departed the event admittedly a little tipsy, but also bubbling with my newfound information about the complexities of my favorite pink wine. If you give a mouse some cheese…she’s going to want rosé.
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