Cheese Pairing: Brie de Meaux with crusty baguette, fresh strawberries and Champagne.

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A reader wrote in recently with a list of about 30 cheese pairings asking for my feedback. I thought it would be really great to open up the discussion to all you readers out there. So every week I will post another one of her pairing suggestions, with my thoughts. Please leave a comment and let everyone know what you think!

This week's pairing is Brie de Meaux with crusty baguette, fresh strawberries and Champagne. Brie de Meaux is an A.O.C. cheese made from cow's milk in the town of Meaux, near Paris. It is mushroomy and creamy, with an unctuous paste and a delicate bloomy rind. Champagne is a good choice; the tartness of the wine balances well the creaminess of the cheese. However, a bold Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot might be a better match for the savoriness inherent in the cheese. Like Champagne, Strawberries should provide a sweet counterpoint to the savoriness of the cheese. As for the crusty baguette, it is a great vehicle for enjoying this smooth, sensual cheese. (Incidentally who would ever want to eat a non-crusty baguette?) What do you think, o faithful readers?