Sweet & Savory

by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
November 25, 2009

Roquefort Ice Cream from Restaurant Jean-LouisCynthia Sin-Yi Cheng

Restaurant Jean-Louis
61 Lewis St
Greenwich, CT 06830

Garnet Wines & Liquors
(wine listed as St. Jean de Minervois)
929 Lexington Ave
(68th & 69th Sts)
New York, NY 10065

It is well known that I don’t have a sweet tooth. I was born with a savory one instead. So, my natural inclination when pairing dessert wine is to go for a savory choice.

At the end of a lunch at Jean-Louis recently, I spotted a good sweet and savory match: Les Petits Grains dessert wine with Roquefort ice cream. This sweet wine from the Southern France appellation of St. Jean de Minervois is made entirely from Muscat à Petits Grains grapes. The blue cheese lent just the right amount of pungent character to the ice cream, and its creamy texture balanced well with the sweet, refreshing Petits Grains; which has a light body, lots of orange blossom notes and good acidity. This special ice cream is not on the regular menu, but available if you call a day in advance.

The sky’s the limit for home pairing and entertaining with Les Petits Grains ($11) and a good cheese selection of your own. I especially recommend cow’s milk cheeses that are not too creamy in texture.


Comments (2)

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home

Nov 30, 04:17 AM

I don’t know if i’ll ever find myself in CT, but this sounds amazing! Okay Cynthia – find me something similar in NYC! Pretty please :)

ps: so both you and Celia have a savory tooth instead of a sweet tooth?!


Nov 30, 10:07 AM

it’s just a train ride away, erika!

yes, we both were born with a savory tooth.

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