March 17, 2016

Bonjour Mes Amis,
I must admit, I have gone a tad Tomme crazy recently. Tomme refers to a round wheel of cheese made from cow, ewe, or goat’s milk that is then cave-aged, giving it a rustic, crust-like rind. I can’t get enough of its earthy flavor and buttery, springy interior. Lately, I have been ordering one from every type of milk I can get my hands on. Stop in for a taste, create a Tomme cheese plate, and pick out a French wine to pair! Bon Appétit!

Tomme de Savoie $15.99/lb
A cow’s milk cheese from the mountainous Savoie with a distinctly raw milk flavor–beefy, hazelnutty, and pleasantly milky. With about 30 percent fat content, this is the most creamy “low fat” cheese out there. Enjoy with paté and a light red wine.

Tomme Corse Chèvre $31.99/lb
This is a traditional Corsican cheese often found at farmer’s markets on the island. Made from aged goat’s milk cheese, this tomme has sweet herbal notes and flowery aromas.

Tomme Haut Barry $29.99/lb
A sheep’s milk tomme that is aged in limestone caves in southwestern France. This cheese possesses flavors of wildflowers, hazelnuts, fresh grass and butter, and has a firm yet creamy texture.

Tomme and Pinot Noir: A Mariage Made In Heaven!
Paris Grocery customers frequently ask us for food and cheese pairing suggestions; the answer, while a highly subjective proposition, can be as simple as pairing wines from the same country or region as the food. Another strategy is to match the weight of the wine with the complexity of the dish, or with its primary ingredient. Some choices are simply more intuitive, such as a pairing Burgundies with a whole range oftommes.

I’m a fan of Pinot Noir, the main red varietal used in Burgundy, but I’m also keenly aware of the huge variations in price, especially for wines from the more prestigious appellations. Thus, I’m very thankful that Burgundy produces a wide range of wines that drink beautifully, but are priced at more moderate levels, and seem to have been made to be consumed with France’s glorious cheeses. Here are some of my favorite choices:

2011 Camille Giroud Bourgogne $29.99
Made by one of the stalwarts of  Burgundy, that can trace its roots to the 1880s, the 2011 Bourgogne Rouge, whose fruit comes mainly from Volnay, possesses a palate that is sweet and pleasantly chewy; offering raspberry, Morello cherry and cranberry fruit on the finish. The Giroud wines have been made since 2005, by David Croix, one of the new generation of exciting young  winemakers in Burgundy.

2013 Justin Girardin Santenay Vieilles Vignes $24.99
The ‘Vielles Vignes’ cuvée is a blend made from grapes selected from three distinct plots averaging more than 50 years of age: ‘Clos Genets,’ ‘Saint-Jean,’ and  ‘Les Saunières.’ As for the wine, there is a prettiness to the somewhat savage nose, marked with black pepper and earthy aromas. The palate is full of pungent, cranberry and blackcurrant, with hints of laurel and cinnamon. The wine is medium weight with markedly ripe tannins, on a moderately long and persistent finish. This would be a solid choice to pair with the Tomme Haut Barry!

2011 Domaine Bouchard Beaune du Chateau 1er Cru $41.00
This is a delicious new find for us. The 2011  Beaune du Chateau blends 12 different Beaune 1er crus to create a wine with a very ripe, yet high-toned red and blue pinot fruit nose. On the palate, it possesses equally ripe, supple, round and rather forward flavors, all with a silky mid-palate and fine length. While not overly complex, it is well-balanced and is drinking beautifully, right now–it makes you want multiple refills!

2013 Domaine Billard Auxey-Duresses $29.99
Domaine Billard has approximately 12.5 hectares of vineyards in different appellations throughout the Cotes de Beaune. Their largest holdings are in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune with other small plots located in Saint Romain, Saint Aubin 1er Cru, Auxey Duresses and Beaune. The 2013 Auxey-Duresses possesses beguiling aromatics, displaying plum and cassis notes, along with hints of black pepper . Surprisingly full bodied and fruit driven, with layers of fresh red berry fruit. This drinks unbelievably fresh and pure, with a long, clean finish.

New This Week! Cheese Acessories
Enamel Cheese Knives $19.99
Wood Handle Cheese Knives $21.99
Stainless Steel Knife Set $19.99
Marble & Wood Cheese Board $61.00
Wooden Cheese Paddle $36.99

Bon Appétit!
Kelsey & Manuel