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Winter Truffle Season!

Order Your Fresh Truffle Today!!

Fresh truffles are one of our favorite things to share here at Cured, being one of the few places in the state where you can order a fresh truffle on Wednesday, have it flown in from France or Italy by Friday, and bring it home to shave and enjoy over the weekend. 2018 is shaping up to be an abundant and incredible truffle season! We source our truffles through Gourmet Attitude, the best truffle dealer in the biz located in NYC. They fly in fresh truffles (Black from France, White from Italy) every week and FedEx them straight to us for your (and our!) gustatory enjoyment. So, what is the difference between a White and Black Truffle? That’s a good question. White truffles are far more fragrant and flavorful and are so aromatic they are almost always shaved raw on top of dishes (que the quintessential white glove shaving scene). Black truffles are a bit heartier, and are benefited by a light cooking which helps to coax the maximum flavor out of them. They are often used with red meat, poultry, sauces, pates and other more robust flavored dishes. The flavor and aroma of black truffles is stronger and earthier than the delicate flavor of the white truffle; think masculine vs feminine.  

 

Orders must be placed by Wednesday at noon and truffles will arrive and be ready to pick up on Friday afternoon. Call the shop (720.389.8096 x1) to order!

OUR FAVORITE SHRIMP AND GRITS

INGREDIENTS

1 diced yellow onion

1 diced red pepper

1 diced green pepper

minced garlic 3 cloves

andouille sausage (usually 2 links from whole foods)

1lb shrimp (3-4 ppl)

2 packages chicken broth

1/2 & 1/2 or heavy cream

1 cup of grits

olive oil

salt

pepper

old bay

TO MAKE THE SAUCE: 

pull apart and brown andouille in a little bit of oil & set aside in a bowl

saute onion in brown bits & more oil if needed (about 5 min)

once softened add peppers & cook for another 3-5 min

add 1 container of chicken broth & sausage, bring to a boil

simmer (we usually reduce this for a couple hours but it can be cooked less time)

*we often refrigerate overnight and skim fat off next day, but you don’t need to

TO MAKE THE GRITS

bring other container of stock to boil and add grits stirring, reduce heat & continue stirring periodically

cook for 30-50 min

add water as necessary

add a little bit of cream at the end before serving

TO MAKE THE SHRIMP

saute garlic in olive oil until translucent on medium heat,

on high heat, add shrimp and season with old bay, salt/pepper

cook no more than 2 min usually

THE BASICS ON COOKING BEANS

Basic Cooking Techniques for a simple pot of beans from Rancho Gordo:

There isn’t one single best method of cooking beans. When you’re in a hurry, you may want to use a pressure cooker. On a leisurely, rainy Sunday, you might want to put a clay pot full of beans in the fireplace. At the most basic, you want to simmer the pot until the beans are soft. Soaking can speed up with process, and vegetables or broth will make the means more flavorful. It’s really that simple.

Soaking the Beans: Most beans benefit from soaking for 2-6 hours before cooking, though it is not essential to the outcome of your beans. Before cooking, rinse the beans with lots of cool water and check them for debris. Cover the beans with about 1 inch of cold water and let sit (or start cooking if you’re not enthused by soaking).

Flavoring the Beans: Heirloom varieties don’t need a lot of fussing if they’re used fresh (which RG defines as within 2 yrs of harvesting). You can cook them with a ham bone or chicken broth, or simply with a few savory vegetables like onions and garlic. A simple classic mirepoix, a mix of finely diced onion, celery, and carrot, sautéed in some sort of fat, often olive oil, is one of our favorite ways to flavor beans. Keep in mind that salt, acids and sugars can negatively affect the beans as they cook, so don’t add these flavorings until after the beans are soft.

Cooking the Beans: Pour the beans and their soaking water into a large pot, making sure they are covered by about an inch of liquid. If you haven’t cooked the mirepoix in the pot you’re using, add it now. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a hard boil. Keep the beans at a boil for about 5 minutes and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Allow the beans to cook which can take anywhere from 1 hour to 3-4 hours. When the beans are almost ready, the aroma will be rich and heady. They wont smell like the vegetables or herbs you’ve cooked them with, rather like the beans themselves At this point, add salt. Go easy as it takes a while for the beans to absorb the salt. 2 tsp of salt per 1 lb of beans is a good place to start. If you want to add tomatoes or another acidic ingredient like lime or vinegar, wait until the beans are cooked through. If the liquid in the pot starts to get low, you can just add more water.

SIMPLE BUTTERED ANTEBELLUM QUICK GRITS

Recipe By Anson Mills

YIELD:

About 4 cups

TIME:

15 minutes following an overnight soak; 30 minutes without an overnight soak

INTRODUCTION

Anson Mills quick grits have the whole corn richness and creaminess of their coarse Antebellum grits but are milled somewhat finer. Particle size is relative, of course: the rest of the industry would call grits this size “coarse” or “old-fashioned.” And while it is true that any grain milled fine will finish with slightly diminished texture and flavor compared to that very grain milled coarse, Anson Mills quick grits have certain, indisputable advantages: For one thing, they cook faster. For another, their relatively fine, even texture allows for easy immersion in recipes for tamales, spoonbread, and other Southern or Latin casserole dishes.

COOKING REMARKS

It would be remiss of us not to mention that Anson Mills grits benefit enormously from soaking overnight in water before being cooked. Not only is the cooking time shorter for soaked versus unsoaked grits, but the finished texture is also superior because the corn particles experience less trauma during cooking and better hold their shape.

Soaking quick grits in water overnight and cooking them in their soaking liquid reduces their cooking time by about 50 percent. In real terms, this means 1 cup of quick grits, unsoaked, cooks in about 30 minutes; soaked overnight, they cook in about 15 minutes. With their smaller particle size and increased surface area, quick grits require more water at the outset than coarse grits for saucepan cookery. Because they cook more quickly and with more water, we cook quick grits uncovered.

EQUIPMENT MISE EN PLACE

For this recipe, you will need a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (ideally, one with gently flared sides called a Windsor pan), a small saucepan, a fine tea strainer, and a wooden spoon.

6 ounces (1 cup) Anson Mills Antebellum Medium Yellow Quick Grits

Spring or filtered water

Fine sea salt

2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place the grits in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (preferably a Windsor saucepan) and cover them with 3 cups of water. Stir once. Allow the grits to settle a full minute, tilt the pan, and skim off and discard the chaff and hulls with a fine tea strainer. Cover and let the grits soak overnight at room temperature. If you are not soaking the grits, add an additional ¼ cup of water and proceed to the next step.

Set the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the first starch takes hold, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until the grits are creamy and fully tender and hold their shape on a spoon, about 15 minutes if the grits were soaked or about 30 minutes if they weren’t. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and stir in the butter with vigorous strokes. Add more salt, if desired, and the black pepper.

ANSON MILLS SIMPLE POLENTA

Yield: 3.5 cups. Time: about 40 min.

INTRODUCTION:

Supremely soothing, basic polenta is the oldest maize food form in Europe. It embraces all manner of garnishment, but welcomes a simple spoon just as eagerly.

EQUIPMENT MISE EN PLACE:

For this recipe, you will need a heavy-bottomed 2½-quart saucepan (preferably one with flared sides), a wooden spoon, and a whisk.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (6 ounces)  Artisan Handmade Fine White Polenta

Spring or filtered water

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons finely grated Parmigianno Reggiano

Place the polenta and 3½ cups of water in a heavy-bottomed 2½-quart saucepan (preferably one with flared sides) and stir to combine. Set the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the first starch takes hold, 5 to 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cook with the pot lid slightly ajar, stirring frequently, until the grains are soft and hold their shape on a spoon, about 35 minutes. Whisk in the salt, pepper, butter, and Parmesan. Serve hot with your choice of garnishes. (To keep the polenta hot for up to 30 minutes before serving, transfer it to a bowl, cover, and set the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. If necessary, thin the polenta with hot water before serving.)

ANSON MILLS POPCORN GRITS

INTRODUCTION:

Popcorn grits pop up on the occasional creative restaurant menu thanks to Chef David Chang, his off-the-beaten-path Lucky Peach magazine, and his coterie of professional chef fans. But lest we forget, the first Native American version of this dish occurred thousands of years ago when native people sand-popped maize and then mashed it into hot water in a hollowed-out stone. That was the original creative process—magical and elemental. To honor Native American cookery, we wondered if we could drive the diverse high and low flavor profiles of our Appalachian Heirloom Sweet Flint Popping Corn into an Anson Mills version of popcorn grits. Pop, sputter, surprise—here they are! Top flavor notes of honeysuckle, base notes of fresh sweet corn, and an array of comforting floral and mineral notes in between. We use chicken stock in the preparation, but if you are in a hurry, water, butter, and popcorn will get you tasty grits with great soft texture in less than 30 minutes. It’s a forgiving and easy recipe.

COOKING REMARKS:

If you don’t have homemade chicken stock, please don’t sully the flavors of this innocent recipe with tinned, boxed, or otherwise fake chicken stock. Just use water. It’s nicer.

EQUIPMENT:

For this recipe, you will need two large paper grocery bags, a large stockpot, a medium saucepan, a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, a hot-air popcorn machine, a large bowl, a vessel for catching unpopped kernels, a large footed colander, a wire skimmer, a food mill fitted with the medium disk, a bowl that fits securely under the food mill, and a whisk.

INGREDIENTS:

Fine sea salt

1½ cups (12 ounces) Rich Homemade Chicken Stock or water

1 cup (7 ounces) Anson Mills Appalachian Heirloom Sweet Flint Popping Corn

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) cold unsalted European-style butter

Freshly ground black pepper

Cut off and discard the top halves of two large paper grocery bags. Set the bottoms aside

Fill a large stockpot three-quarters full of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon of salt. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a simmer over medium-high heat and simmer until reduced to 1 cup. Pour the reduced stock into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, cover to keep hot, and set aside. Also set aside the empty saucepan.

Meanwhile, in a hot-air popcorn machine in two batches, pop the corn according to the manufacturer’s directions into a large bowl (fig. 3.1); when you see the popper begin to spit out unpopped kernels, pull the bowl away and replace it with another vessel. Discard the unpopped kernels. Pour the popcorn into one grocery bag and shake the bag to “gravity” any unpopped kernels and loose pericarp (the clear cellophane-like substance in popcorn that gets stuck in your teeth) that snuck through. With cupped hands, transfer the popcorn to the second bag, leaving the detritus in the bottom of the first. Chuck the detritus.

Set a large footed colander in the sink. When the water in the stockpot has reached a boil and the chicken stock stands at the ready, dump the popcorn into the boiling salted water all at once (fig. 4.1) and push down on the corn with a wire skimmer to drown it. It will deflate instantly. Immediately carry the pot to the sink and drain it into the colander. Shake the colander to remove excess water.

Fit a food mill with the medium disk and set the mill over a bowl. Crank the corn through the food mill (fig. 5.1) until none is left in the colander. You should have about 3 cups of popcorn grits (fig. 5.2). Discard the kernels and pericarp that remain in the food mill.

Turn the grits into the reserved saucepan and set the pan over medium-high heat. Add enough of the hot chicken stock (fig. 6.1) to reach a pleasing consistency and whisk vigorously to combine. Cook the grits gently, stirring occasionally, until they simmer and begin to spit, are creamy, and hold their shape on a spoon (fig. 6.2), about 2 minutes. Whisk in the butter and season with salt and pepper. Serve at once. (To keep the grits hot for up to 30 minutes, transfer them to a heatproof bowl, cover with aluminum foil, and set the bowl over barely simmering water in a saucepan. Before serving, stir well and, if necessary, thin the grits with a little hot water.) Serve with Okra with Tomato Gravy or all on their own.

SIMPLE BUTTERED ANTEBELLUM COARSE GRITS FROM ANSON MILLS

YIELD: About 4 cups

TIME: 50 minutes following an overnight soak; 90 minutes without an overnight soak

INTRODUCTION

Created in the tradition of the stone-ground, hand-milled grits of the Antebellum era, Anson Mills coarse grits have a large particle size that imparts a toothsome texture and pronounced corn flavor. Coarse grits do take time to cook—about 1 hour, at least—but are any cook’s first choice when served as a stand-alone dish or as a complement to entrées such as fish, greens, or eggs. They make beautiful grits cakes, too.

COOKING REMARKS

It would be remiss of us not to mention that Anson Mills grits benefit enormously from soaking overnight in water before being cooked. Not only is the cooking time shorter for soaked versus unsoaked grits, but the finished texture is also superior because the corn particles experience less trauma during cooking and better hold their shape.

Soaking grits in water overnight and cooking them in their soaking liquid reduces their cooking time by about 50 percent. In real terms, this means 1 cup of grits, unsoaked, cooks in about 90 minutes; soaked overnight, they cook in about 50 minutes. Either way, don’t rush these grits. If you do and the grits boil, their aromatic oils will emulsify, coat the larger particles of corn, and prevent the particles from softening in the water. They’ll take even longer to cook.

EQUIPMENT MISE EN PLACE

For this recipe, you will need a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan (ideally, one with gently flared sides called a Windsor pan), a small saucepan, a fine tea strainer, and a wooden spoon.

 

6 ounces (1 cup) Anson Mills Coarse Grits

Spring or filtered water

Fine sea salt

2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Place the grits in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (preferably a Windsor saucepan) and cover them with 2½ cups water. Stir once. Allow the grits to settle a full minute, tilt the pan, and skim off and discard the chaff and hulls with a fine tea strainer. Cover and let the grits soak overnight at room temperature. If you are not soaking the grits, proceed directly to the next step.

 

Set the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the first starch takes hold, 5 to 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and cover the pan. Meanwhile, heat 2 cups of water in a small saucepan and keep hot. Every 10 minutes or so, uncover the grits and stir them; each time you find them thick enough to hold the spoon upright, stir in a small amount of the hot water, adding about 1½ cups water or more in 4 or 5 additions. Cook until the grits are creamy and tender throughout, but not mushy, and hold their shape on a spoon, about 50 minutes if the grits were soaked or about 90 minutes if they weren’t. Add 1 teaspoon of salt halfway through the cooking time. To finish, stir in the butter with vigorous strokes. Add more salt, if desired, and the pepper.

Cured’s Thanksgiving Dinner

SOLD OUT FOR THE YEAR!! 

First up, TURKEY! We are sourcing Turkeys from Organic Prairie, a farmer-owned cooperative committed to providing the healthiest, most wholesome meat, raised humanely in accordance with organic principles and practices, respecting the dignity and interdependence of human, animal, plant, soil and global life. Organic Prairie were pioneers of the organic meat industry. They began producing their delicious meats—without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or pesticides—back in 1996. At the beginning, they insisted on third-party organic meat certification, long before federal organic standards were established. They were the first in the industry to ban animal by-products from our cattle’s diet, and played a vital role in shaping federal organic meat certification standards—the strictest in the industry. All of this is to say these guys are the real deal, and we’re excited to have Organic Whole Young Turkeys of which even the pilgrims would approve. We’re taking these turkeys and dry brining them, then wrapping them up in a foil pan that is ready to pop in your oven come Thanksgiving Day. Brined turkeys cost $6.99/lb and are coming in between 14-19lbs. We recommend around a pound and a half per person.  Turkeys must be ordered by Friday November 10th, and will be available for pick-up or delivery on Wednesday the 22nd!

On a side note, if you’re hosting a small Thanksgiving as we often do, and not feeling like attacking an entire 15lb turkey, we’re offering a Duet of Free Range Poussin (aka, lovebirds) for 2, stuffed with Organic Garlic, Thyme and Lemon, trussed and ready to be roasted at home. We’ve done these in the past when we host smaller thanksgiving parties and they are always delicious, and quite fun to put one perfect little bird on each person’s plate! Game Hens cost $25 for tow.

Tender Belly Heritage Breed Ham: Save a turkey, eat some ham 😉 We’re equal opportunists here at Cured, so in case you’re feeling it for a decadent spiral sliced ham instead of turkey, we’ve got you covered.  Spiral Sliced and Ready to be heated up at home. $90 for an aprox 9lb ham, feeds up to 14 people, but make for amazing leftovers.

Stuffing, Salads and Sides! We realize that there is no way to recreate every favorite dish, so rather we’re taking it upon ourselves to share a few of our favorites that promise to make for a well-rounded, delicious, and decadent day. Sides are offered in Small (up to 6 ppl), Medium (6-12 ppl) or Large (12-18 ppl) and designed to be either unwrapped and served, or tossed in the oven (cooking instructions included) to warm and/or finish cooking on the day of.  They include:

Stuffing: with our Lemon Rosemary Crown Bread, Apples, Toasted Walnuts, Celery, Onion, and Sage, finished with Roasted Chicken Bone Broth and European Butter.  Sm: $35 Med: $69 Lg: $100 Add-on Hudson Valley Foie Gras Sausage (for those true gluttons among us!) or make Gluten Free: Add $15, $30, $45 (sm/med/lg).

Cured’s Twice Baked Duck Fat Mashed Potatoes made with Organic Red Potatoes, Creme Fraiche and Hudson Valley Duck Fat finished with Parmigiano-Reggiano.  Sm: $24, Med: $48, Lg: $72

Organic Cranberry Compote with Red Wine, Orange Zest, Currants and Maple Sugar.  Sm: $18, Med: $36, Lg: $54

Gravy: Made in house. Included with your bird, obviously.

Roast Organic Beets with Olive Oil, Orange, Fresh Mint, Chèvre, Hazelnuts, Balsamic.:  Sm: $24, Med: $48, Lg: $72

Cured’s Signature Carrot Salad of Grated Organic Carrots tossed with Lemon and Dijon, finished with Fresh Parsley and Toasted Pine Nuts. Sm: $18, Med $36, Lg: $54

Green Salad with Oxford Gardens Greens, Pepitas, Parm-Reg, Tart Cherries, and a Balsamic Vinaigrette. Sm: $30, Med: $50, Lg: $70

Pies!! One of the smartest things we’ve learned over our years in the world of food is to outsouce what someone else can do better. And does it get any better than the sweets and treats from Boxcar Bakery? We whole heartedly recommend taking advantage of Milli’s supreme baking skills and treating yourself to a pie or two! Order at the coffee counter in the weeks ahead!

Cheese and Charcuterie Board in a Bag! They say that idle hands are the devil’s tools… There is nothing worse than too many cooks in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day, so keep you guests out of the kitchen and nibbling on cheese and charcuterie instead!  Our ‘Board in a Bag’ is essentially one of our signature cheese and charcuterie boards, deconstructed to more easily be stored in your fridge. All you need to do come Thanksgiving Day is lay your goodies out on your favorite board or platter, and sit back and watch your guests devour! We recommend $8 per person for this day with so much other food  on your table, but can create something delicious at any price! Sm: $48, Med: $96, Lg: $145.

Wine!  Every Thanksgiving we offer a Thanksgiving 4 Pack of wines, the things we’re excited to bring home ourselves, that we know each and every family member, no matter their tastes, will approve of, and that don’t break the bank, especially as a bundle.  This year we’re offering four wines we’ve tried in the past few months that simply said THANKSGIVING to us the moment we tried them.

Anything else?  Would you like anything else bundled and brought along with your Thanksgiving feast?  An extra bag of salad greens, an assortment of chocolate, a bottle of your favorite olive oil? Let us know and we’ll have it all bagged up and waiting, or brought right to your door…

In-Store pick-up and DELIVERY Available! Your Thanksgiving goodies will be ready on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, anytime after 12.  You can pick-them up in store, or schedule home delivery so that you truly don’t have to leave your house. Delivery by one of our team  will be $15, and we’re offering three delivery: 12-1:30, 2-3:30, and 4-6pm.

Turkey’s MUST BE ORDERED BY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9. You have a little more time for your sides, salads and boards, but please have those orders to us by FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16.

Our Wine Shop

Cured Wines, the smallest liquor store in the state, is our guilty little passion project.  In just 206 square feet, we highlight a collection of interesting wines from all around the world, and a largely local lineup of beers and spirits that showcase what Colorado does so well.  Changing with the season and based upon availability, we focus on small producers, bottles you won’t find everywhere else, and most of all, wines that deliver value at any price.

While not exclusively so, most of the wines on our shelves are organic, biodynamic, or naturally produced, and made by people who use their hands in every part of the winemaking process.  We organize our wine selection by weight and style rather than grape varietal, and always have an extremely knowledgeable and passionate sommelier on hand, aiming to deliver an experience more akin to that of your favorite restaurant than the mega wine mart.  In a time of big, bigger and biggest, we’re the micro to their macro, and value the relationships we build with our customers, guiding them from bottle to bottle over time.  We love nothing more than helping pair our selections with with cheese and charcuterie from up front, any of our meals, catering selections, or whatever you might be enjoying for dinner that evening.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a crushable weekend patio sipper or a true special occasion bottle, we are excited to help you find something delicious, exciting, and new.  In the end, as our friend Richard Betts likes to say, wine is a grocery, not a luxury.  Come visit us and find a bottle that truly makes you smile.

Cured’s Tour de France!

Call Cured at 720.389.8096 x1 to purchase!!

Welcome to Cured’s 6th edition of the Cured de France!

The Tour de France is one of those summer events that brings people together. Something other than the weather to talk about with strangers on the street, an excuse to head over to a friends house with coffee in hand at 6 in the morning or cancel evening plans to spend the night on the couch with a glass of wine.

There is perhaps no better way to beat the summer heat than by watching some of the world’s greatest athletes fly up mountain passes and wind through tiny French villages. Cured just so happens to have a rather unique insight into the tour, owing to the fact that owner Will Frishckorn has himself not only ridden in the Tour de France, but has also eaten his way across the entire country during his racing career and knows the best, and most interesting, offerings from every region. In honor and celebration of this year’s Tour de France, we’ve put together a tour of our own…one that is a bit more accessible for the mere mortal. All you need to partake is a love a cheese, a passion for French wine, and a good appetite.

As the cyclists make their way around France, so do we, only our trip is a bit more pleasing to the palate and less punishing to the legs…

HOW IT WORKS:Will breaks the Tour into eight stages, each corresponding to 3-4 days of racing. Each region corresponds with a cheese and a beverage. As the riders make their way around France you’ll follow along, feeling thankful that while they’re suffering through the hills you’re enjoying cheese, wine, and entertainment from the comfort of your own home. With 8 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountainous stages and 5 epic mountain stages, including 3 summit finishes, not to mention 2 time trial stages, 1 individual and 1 team, this 105thTour de France promises to be an exciting, and truly delicious course. From the first taste of Loire Valley goat cheese goodness to the last guilty smear of Brie and glass of champagne as the riders cross under the Arc d’Triomphe, we promise this tour will test your stamina as well as your taste buds from stage to stage to stage.

 

A Brief Overview of the 2018 Tour de France 

This year the race begins in the Loire Valley, famous for goat milk cheeses.  Cured starts its tour with Baetje Farms Bloomsdale, paired with Catherine and Pierre Breton’s le Dilettante Sparkling Vouvray.  The Bloomsdale is inspired by the classic Loire Valley Chevre, and this pairing truly illustrates the pairing pillar “What grows together goes together”, at least stylistically so!  As the race heads into Brittany the pairings feature a Cidre from Aval paired with Pont l’Eveque, one of France’s benchmark “stinky cheeses”, before visiting Brie Country, where participants will enjoy Brie de Meaux alongside a bottle of Brasserie la Goute d’Or Saison.

 

The race then hops across to the Alps where Cured is sourcing a reserve wheel of Essex Cheese Company Comte to pair with the Jura’s Tissot Family DD Rouge.  As the race crosses Provence, Cured tosses a twist, featuring an American cheese, better than any they can import from France in the style typical of the region…Beltane from Rivers Edge Chevre will pair with Chateau Peyrassol’s Rose, a French classic.

 

As the race heads west and into the Auvergne and Pyrenees, Cured is pairing the Onetek Bleu de Basques with Dmn Gauby Les Calcinaires, one of southern France’s finest natural white wines, then Tomme Brulee with Ameztoi’s Rubentis Txakolina Rose.

 

As always, Cured caps off the tour with Brie and Bubbly, this year featuring Will Studd’s Demi-Brillat Savarin with the La Caravelle Champagne.

The Pairings

STAGE 1, July 7-9: This year the race begins in the Loire Valley, famous for its goat milk cheeses. Cured starts our tour with Valencay, a classic charcoal dusted pyramid (missing it’s top) shaped tower pairs beyond beautifully with Catherine and Pierre Breton’s le Dilettante Sparkling Vouvray.  From fields just miles apart, this pairing truly illustrates the pairing pillar “What grows together goes together”.  Valencay comes with a great history…the famous story being that Napoleon returned from Egypt, bitter with his lack of success, and the pyramid shaped cheese evoked his fury.  A quick sword swing took the top off forever.  The Bretons make a range of enigmatic wines from across the region, and their sparkling Brut Vouvray is one of our favorite examples of the style.  Methode Champenoise in production method, the squeaky clean Chenin Blanc fruit comes through with a ginger spice, ripe apples, and a slightly nutty finish.

STAGE 2 July 10-12: As the race heads into Brittany and Normandy the pairings go truly traditional.  Pont l’Eveque, one of France’s benchmark “stinky cheeses” defines cheese in the Normandy Region, and we’re pairing it up with a new cider for us from Aval (which translates to apple in the local dialect).  This house run by four young cider producers is made on a farm that has produced cider for over 1000 years.   Theirs is in the just off-dry style that exemplifies the region, and that touch of fruit gives it the ability to stand up to and cleanse your palate from the rich Pont l’Eveque it pairs so well with.

STAGE 3, 12 -13: As the race heads east and north, almost touching the Belgian boarder, we pass through Brie country, where participants will enjoy what many of us consider the OG brie, Brie de Meaux. With records of this cheese dating back to the 8th century, it is one we should all taste at some point in time.  It’s delicate, white, bloomy rind reveals a mushroomy, nutty, meaty paste, and one that in our eyes, screams for a great bottle of farmhouse ale to accompany.  We’re pairing it up with a bottle of Brasserie la Goute d’Or Saison.  This brewery opened in downtown Paris in 2012 and is receiving acclaim as one of the finest new beer houses in France.  Many of the beers are inspired by the spices found in the nearby African spice market, and a rich farmhouse beer couldn’t be a better foil for the funk that the Brie de Meaux brings to the table.

STAGE 4, July the 16-19: The cyclists hope on a plane to the Alps, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring in a wheel of the Essex Cheese Company’s Reserve Comte to enjoy as we watch the riders suffer their way through mountain top finish after another.  To pair with this almost fruity alpine wheel of cow’s milk goodness, we’re featuring this year’s Tissot Family DD Rouge.  The DD is a blend of Pinot Noir, Poulsard and Trousseau, and this year’s has an amazing energy…almost like a smashed strawberry on a hot cement patio, fermenting in the sun.  The zippy acid structure cuts right into the weight of the cheese, and the fruit notes mingle perfectly.  We’re huge fans of both this cheese and this wine on their own, and are thrilled to share them together.

STAGE 5, July the 20-22: As the race crosses Provence, Cured tosses a in twist, featuring an American cheese, better than any we can import from France in the style typical of the region…Beltane, from Rivers Edge Chevre in Oregon, is an annatto seed colored, ash ripened goats milk log, wrapped in an edible fern.  Mind blown? Just wait ’til you try it.  We’ll pair this up with Chateau Peyrassol’s Rose, a wine from an estate literally founded by the knights templar in the 13th century.  Considering the American twist we’re tossing in the mix, we figure the 900 year old wine estate balances things out;)

STAGE 6, July 23-26: As the race heads west and into the hills of Auvergne and the foothills of the Pyrenees, Cured is pairing one of our favorite bleu cheeses, Onetek’s Bleu de Basques, one of the finest examples of an only mildly spicy sheep’s milk blue.  It’s nutty, salty tang and blue pop classically calls for something off dry, but we’re pairing this with a gorgeous white wine with a bit of weight from Domaine Gauby, one of southern France’s finest natural wine houses.  While technically dry, the concentration of fruit, and slight saline notes, balance the cheese perfectly, and just feel appropriate for summer.

STAGE 7, July 27-28:  As the race hits the heart of the Basque country, we’ll be nibbling on Tomme Brulee, a small sheep’s milk tomme aged by famed affineur Rodolphe la Meunier.  Not dissimilar from Ardi Gasna, a cheese many Cured fans know well, this version is that much more refined, delicate, and subtle with a complexity in flavors rarely found.  We’re hopping across the Spanish border (but still in the Basque part, not to worry) and featuring Ameztoi’s Rubentis Txakolina Rose.  This slightly sparkling wine is the Basque Country’s answer to serious portuguese vino verde, and Ameztoi is a producer nearly cult in status at this point.   Ripping energy, slight bubbles, and a soft fruit body make it one of the best all around summer food pairing wines, and this pairing in particular is built to please.

STAGE 8, July 29: As always, Cured caps off our tour with Brie and Bubbly, this year featuring Will Studd’s expertly aged small wheel of Brillat Savarin paired up with the La Caravelle Champagne, a private project from famed New York Restauranteur Rita Jamet.  Both the cheese and the wine beg for another bite, then sip, then bite, then sip, until you with you had another wheel and bottle in reserves.  There is truly no better way to finish the tour than with a guilty pleasure, and this pairing is exactly that.

 

How to Partake 

The pairing for each stage are available individually for $50 or as part of the whole package for $350 (the brie and bubbly are on us if you join along for the whole tour!). This year’s full tour bundle is available for pickup at Cured, or for $70 for the entire tour, each week we will ship* you a box filled with that week’s stages. *(SHIPPING IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN COLORADO).  Do you live out of state and are not able to imbibe alongside? Head to your nearest cheese shop with our list of pairings and see what they can help you source from nearby!

Call Cured at 720.389.8096 x1 to purchase!!