As part of Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square’s annual Wine Days celebration, Opaline Bar and Brasserie, the hotel’s signature restaurant, has added a selection of cheese and wine pairings.
World-renowned French Cheesemonger Roland Barthélemy has provided three exceptional cheeses. The beautifully presented pairings will introduce French cheeses from three distinct regions to American palates, available now through October 31, 2018.
- Perfume of the Islands a pairing of Saint Agur, a creamy, blue-veined cheese produced in the Velay region of Central France, with a glass of Domaine Martray, En Combiaty, Vieilles Vignes, Brouilly. The duo is accompanied by fresh banana and Madagascar pepper set atop a long rectangular cracker.
- Dream brings together Etorki, a semi-soft cheese made with pasteurized milk from Manech Ewes, and possesses the complexity of burnt caramel and a smooth, velvety texture that is accompanied by a glass of Jean-Paul Paquet Domaine de Fussiacus Saint Veran. The cheese is served on a toasted baguette with a slice of pear and topped with a thin-cut of Serrano ham.
- Chocolat is a decadent pairing that combines Saint-André, a velvety and buttery triple crème cow’s milk cheese, garnished with creamy chocolate grains complemented by a thin and crunchy raisin walnut baguette slice. The pairing is served with Domaine Berthet Rayne, Côtes du Rhône Blanc.
For an in depth tutorial on the wine included in the pairings, Laurent Lala of Elite Wines will lead an Informational tasting from 5:00pm – 6:30pm on Friday, October 12th in Opaline Bar & Brasserie.
Each pairing is priced at $23 and a trio of cheese with wine flight is $28 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Opaline Bar and Brasserie. 806 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 730-8701.