Atlanta’s top spot for cheese will be welcoming some of the nation’s best cheese makers in October for the Fifth Annual Cheese Week at Star Provisions.
Here are the visiting cheese makers:
Wednesday, October 9
• Rebecca Williams, Many Fold Farm
Saturday, October 12
• Gabe Goodlet, Sweet Grass Dairy
• Ryan Burger, Blackberry Farm
• Jennifer Perkins, Looking Glass Creamery
• Alexander Kast, Goat Lady Dairy
• Karen Mickler & Bruce Degrott, Yellow Branch Farmstead Cheese
Star Provisions is located in the Westside Provisions District, and open Monday through Saturday from 10am to midnight. The Local Farmstand now offers coffee each morning and is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to close. Gaddis was recently honored as an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional™.
Fifth Annual Cheese Week at Star Provisions, October 9 through 12, 11am to 4pm daily. 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, 30318. (404) 365-0410, ext. 132.
photo credit: The Reynolds Group
I’m really excited about the wines that are coming from my home state, New York. There are some impressive Rieslings being produced in the Finger Lakes region.
That’s where Heron Hill Winery is located. It’s in a town called Hammondsport, about a 5 hour drive from New York City. The scenic route will take you through New Jersey and Pennsylvania before crossing back into the Empire State.
I normally select a specific wine for my AG Pick but with Heron Hill I couldn’t pick just one. I tried the Ingle Vineyard Riesling, the Semi-Dry Riesling and Semi-Sweet Riesling and liked all of them for different reasons.
The 2005 Ingle Vineyard Riesling is a nicely structured wine that goes well with a variety of food or on its own. Citrus and melon flavors are complemented by a pleasant minerality. There’s a slight petrol character in the wine like with German Rieslings. Overall, this is a very pleasant wine to drink and a good introductory Riesling for people who may not be fans of or familiar with the grape. Serve this with seafood, sushi, pasta or cheese. The Ingle Vineyard Riesling retails for $15.99.
The 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling is a delicate mix of ripe peach, apricot and mango. It’s sweet and yet crisp at the same time, with good acidity. This is a versatile white wine that pairs nicely with Asian cuisine. Try it with stir-fry or Thai coconut curry. The 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling retails for $12.99.
The 2007 Semi-Sweet Riesling has a gentle floral aroma and flavors of juicy peach and apricot. The finish is soft and lingering. Sweetness-wise it’s similar to a German Spätlese Riesling, the lightest of the late harvest wines. It’s great for wine drinkers who want a hint of the sweetness that the Riesling grape can offer. My husband who is not generally a fan of Riesling really enjoyed this wine. This pairs nicely with fruit, cheese and spicy Asian dishes like an Indian curry. It’s also great for an afternoon picnic. The 2007 Semi-Sweet Riesling retails for $12.99.
At one of the wine stores I most often visit, the wines from New York State are given a small shelf in the “Atlantic Wines” section, hidden between Kosher wine and specialty beer. I rarely pass by it when I go to the store — though that’s going to change. Heron Hill may be hard to find in your local wine store, but it’s definitely worth searching for.
For more information on Heron Hill visit www.heronhill.com.
It’s in the middle of Paris, yet many visitors I’ve spoken with say they’re not familiar with it. The Ile Saint-Louis is a small island in the Seine right next to the Ile de la Cite. To get there, walk around the back of Notre Dame and you’ll see a small bridge connecting the two islands. You’ll see it’s clear plenty of other tourists know about it. Many flock to the small island for the famous Berthillon ice cream. It’s easy to tell where it’s served – you’ll always see a line of people waiting to order. It’s sold all over the Ile Saint-Louis; the farther you walk from the bridge, the shorter the line. I’m a big fan of Berthillon ice cream, especially the fruit flavors. I recommend mango and pear.
My favorite place on the Ile Saint-Louis is a small cheese shop. If you’re walking down the main road, Rue de Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile, it’ll be on your left. You can’t miss it, with the hundreds of cheeses in the window. You may even smell it before you get there, if someone opens the door. When you step in you’re immediately hit with the strong smell of cheese.
The selection is overwhelming – goat, sheep, cow, round, square, white, yellow, red, blue, some covered with eastern spices or herbs de Provence. There’s also wine, saucisson, pasta, and pate; it’s a pretty big selection for a store that can fit about 4 customers at a time. It’s tough to go in because you want to try all the different cheeses, but unless you have a refrigerator in your hotel room, the cheese won’t last too long. Fortunately, if you want a small taste there are single-serving chevres – small, bite size balls of goat cheese on a wooden stick, covered with a variety of spices. It’s the perfect bite, and won’t ruin your appetite for Berthillon ice cream.