As I begin these notes, please bear in mind that we are talking about a $5 bottle of wine that normally sells for $10 to $15 per bottle. I would be hard pressed to remember when I’ve paid only $5 for a bottle of sparkling wine. Over the weekend I noticed this pretty label in the grocery store and decided that I could part with $5 just for curiosity. With the temperatures in the low 90’s on a lazy summer afternoon this Bella Conchi Brut Rosé Cava was non-pretentious and approachable. 70% Trepat and 30% Garnacha grapes that give this Cava raspberry and light lemony flavors. Made in the metodo tradicional resulting in little tiny bubbles in the glass. At the end of the day, it is good bang for the buck.
Mike’s Hot Honey is infused with chilies and vinegar. This honey is HOT so I would not eat it by the spoonful right out of the jar! I did drizzle a little Hot Honey over the French double-creme soft cheese Fromager d’affinois on flatbread crackers and the honey became a delicious piquant condiment. I found this honey at the Tanglewood Kroger in Roanoke, Virginia.
What’s this cheese? Fromager d’affinois is a wonderful French innovation which looks like pudgy Brie but it’s actually much creamier. This pasteurized cheese may remind you of a triple-creme, it’s so loaded with silky fat. But that texture is achieved by “ultra filtration” which breaks down the fat molecules in the milk. In order to further disperse them through the paste. The result is a thick, nearly whipped spread of tangy, milky goodness, with a sweetness that begs for champagne and fresh fruit.
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