Wine and Cheese

wine and cheese in Lyon
Wine and Cheese, watercolor and ink, 21 x 30 cm/8.3″ x 11.7″

Two of my favorite cheeses are featured in this painting. Rustique is a brand of Camembert. It is reliably excellent and inexpensive to boot. Chausse aux Moines, a monk made cheese, has a washed rind that makes for a delightful crusty texture in contrast with the rest of the cheese.

The French eat cheese after or in lieu of dessert, and sometimes at apero, a causal social gathering. It is usually paired with red wine. I have had it served with champagne. It is not served as an appetizer. Smoked salmon is not usually paired but I doubt I would hear any objections.

We often enjoy cheese and wine with a great baguette- something the French have mastered!

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