This week is St. Valentine’s Day. While I think we should embrace every day with that special someone, it is always fun to infuse some extra good lovin’ into our daily lives. I know that I appreciate it when my honey comes up with something fun, clever and romantic. One way we love spending our Valentine’s Day is by cooking dinner together…such a blast! Before dining on our sumptuous feast we always take pleasure in nibbling some cheese with a fabulous Champagne or sparkling wine. I already picked out this year’s favorite, Jacquin’s Coeur De Berry.
This heart shaped cheese is a clever play on words (Coeur=heart) made in the Provence of Berry, which is in the heart of France. Even more romantic, it is a stones throw from the town of Valentin, France, proclaimed as the “village of love.” Coeur De Berry is an elegant, rind-less, bright-white chèvre. Made from pasteurized goat’s milk, the texture is moist with a slight curdy yet creamy texture. I thought the flavor was bright and lemony, delicate and mildly lactic. There were hints of grass and a clean, slightly tingly finish.
I haven’t decided how to present it yet to “mon coeur,” perhaps straight up or drizzled with either some lavender honey or Wild Hibiscus syrup. They all sound so enticing to me. I know we will be indulging with Domaine Chandon Brut Classic, a California sparkling wine from the same winery that makes Dom Perignon. “Be still my heart.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!! .