Local Cheese Favorites!
This week we’ve decided to feature two of our favorite local cheeses of the moment. Both of these beauties are at their peak ripeness and are tasting amazing!
Strapping Evelyn- Strapping Evelyn is a limited edition cheese from Sarah Marcus’ Briar Rose Creamery located in Dundee. It is made from pasteurized goat’s milk, dusted with rose petals, washed in Riesling, AND wrapped in Spruce bark. It is a semi-soft cheese with a ridiculously rich, silky texture. The flavor is floral, with notes of sweet cream, and grass. If you’re looking to try something unconventional this is for you!
Isabella- From Ancient Heritage Dairy, Isabella is a small format washed rind cheese made from a blend of raw cow and sheep’s milk. A light and bloomy rind reveals a rich and dense interior. Cultured cream on the front of the palate, and vegetal notes bring asparagus to mind. Delicious!
Please stop by the shop and have a taste!
Brunch at Cheese Annex
Looking for a new brunch experience that doesn’t involve waiting in line for 45 minutes? Our talented cooks at Cheese Annex inside The Commons Brewery are hosting brunch from 12pm-3pm every Sunday and Monday with a fantastic rotating menu of small brunch items. Be there or be square!
Raclette Night at Cheese Bar! Wednesdays 5:30-8pm
Come warm up with some gooey melty cheese! Raclette Night will happen every Wednesday until Spring from 5:30-8pm (or until the cheese runs out). It is $7 for a small plate of potatoes, ham, cornichon, mustard, with broiled Raclette cheese. See you there!
Wines of Piedmont Tasting ft. Estelle Imports, Thursday, February 16th, 5:30-7:30pm
This week we have the pleasure of having the knowledgeable and charming Chris Davis of Estelle Imports pouring four outstanding wines from Piedmont, Italy.
Here is what Chris will be pouring:
2015 San Matteo, Cortese, Gavi
A young estate from Capriata d’Orba, along the Ligurian alps, who began producing wine in 1999 (just after Gavi received DOCG status). They own and maintain 4 hectares of Cortese vines, producing only Gavi that is fermented and aged in stainless steel tank to preserve the freshness of the Cortese grape.
2015 Giacomo Fenocchio, Dolcetto D’Alba
A fifth generation winemaker, Claudio Fenocchio remains a staunch traditionalist, quoting his great-great grandfather Giovanni, “Everyone makes wine in the same way because this is how it should be made. It is not up to us to change an entire method and culture.” Using only 10 hectares of “grand cru” vineyards- Bussia in Monforte d’Alba, Villero in Castiglione Falletto and Cannubi in Barolo- he fashions old school Barolo using only natural yeast, extremely long macerations, no cold stabilization and minimal use of sulfur.
2014 G.B. Burlotto, Barbera D’Alba, Verduno
Giovan Battista Burlotto (1850-1927), known as “Il Commendatore”, pioneered the sale of selling Barolo in bottle (in the manner of French château) and made his village of Verduno famous as supplier to the Royal House of Savoy. Now, with great-great grandson Fabio Alessandria acting as winemaker, the name has re-emerged as one of the great producers in Piemonte. They own 12 hectares of vineyards with south-facing position in white marl soil in the commune of Verduno.
2013 Marco e Vittorio Adriano, Nebbiolo, “Sanadiave” Barbaresco
Brothers Adriano are third generation grape growers and winemakers in Barbaresco, tending 27 hectares of vineyards in Frazione San Rocco Seno d’Elvio and Nieve, also harvesting hazelnuts and truffles when time allows. For Barbaresco, their vineyard Sanadaive faces southwest along the hills of Seno d’Elvio which has soil of marl and sand. Basarin , located in Nieve, has more compact soil, marl and limestone. Their style straddles the modern and traditional, use of stainless steel and medium sized oak.
As usual the tasting is complimentary and the wines are discounted tomorrow night only. See you there!
630 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
Open Everyday 12 pm-10 pm