Emmanuel and Meg hosted a BBQ late yesterday afternoon. There were lots of kids (ages 3-40) enjoying the jumpy house, many different types of meat, and several nice wines. Charlotte made 3 different delicious desserts, Meg prepared a cornucopia of wonderful fruits and vegetables, and, as Emmanuel is French, there was a grand cheese plate. All of the cheeses were interesting, but the Fromage d'Affinois was a new treat for me.
Fromage d’Affinois is a cow’s milk, soft ripened cheese in the triple crème category. It is finished with a filtration process that breaks down some of the fat content resulting in a double crème of unique smoothness. It is hard to characterize a cheese this rich in flavor as light, but it has a creaminess and a freshness distinct from it cousins', the Bries.
Perfect with a crusty baguette, Fromage d’Affinois pairs wonderfully with fruit as well. I enjoyed mine with my glass of zinfandel, but a sauvignon blanc or viognier would have been good choices too. Emmanuel tells me that Fromage d’Affinois is one of the easier French cheeses to find, and I encourage you to look. It is spectacular!