Articles by: Jon Eichholz

The science of (cheese) tasting

We do not eat solely to survive but also for pleasure and enjoyment. The sense of taste assists us in debunking the omnivore’s dilemma, the daily conundrum of what to eat. Taste solves this dilemma by allowing humans to discern not only what is going to be a palatable and pleasurable experience but also what food will provide a nutritious […]

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L’Etivaz: the cream of the crop

If someone put a gun to my head and said “name your favorite cheese,” the first thing that would come to mind is L’Etivaz, a true alpine beauty. This ain’t your mother’s Gruyere; you can thank your Swiss great grandmother for this baby. To make a long story short, in the 1930s, a group of Gruyere-producing families believed that the […]

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Long live the pump-king of beer!

It’s that time of year again. When the leaves change from green to red, the Patriots win game after game, and everyone whips out their Patagonia fleeces. Yeah, you guessed it… it’s Fall. However, campfires and pumpkin spice lattes shouldn’t be the only thing you’re looking forward to. When good ol’ autumn rolls around each year, so does the quintessential […]

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Don’t be afraid of the dark… beers

When it comes to beer, one thing I hear too often is “I don’t like dark beers.” My usual response is “why?’ It’s almost always followed by an incredulous, “because it is dark.” So today I am here to debunk the myth of disliking dark beers; its time to stop being afraid of the dark and embrace a whole new […]

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Beer-cheese pairing

As you’ve probably noticed by now, when I describe a cheese I make sure to discuss the outward flavors, aromas and textures, as well as include a small blurb about the subtle notes in the cheese. The same thing goes for beer. When tasting a beer, one should observe the body, color, head, aroma, taste and the notes that are […]

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Making the perfect cheese plate

What better way to begin your night out than a cheese plate with the squad? So before we begin the fun, let’s lay down some basics. A few things you should always keep in mind: 1) A plate should go from light fresh cheeses and end with more robust or harder cheeses. For example, start with a mozzarella or chèvre […]

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Common Ground Fair: Maine Cheese Mecca

Going to college in Maine actually has its upsides. The Common Ground Fair is one of them. Despite being a hardcore New Yorker, the occasional overdose of rural life is quite enjoyable. I’ll skip all the farmers’ stands, petting zoos, alpaca salesmen, and craftsmen to dash right to the good part… THE CHEESE. Of course the booth for which I […]

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Draughts and cheese: scorned soulmates

When you hear that cheese will be served at a gathering, an almost Pavlovian response erupts from the crowd as they ask if there will be wine as well. I guess all those black and white photos of wine and cheese parties have permanently permeated into our culture. However, the truth is putting the two stalwarts of the hors d’oeuvre […]

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