Monticello Apple and Cheese Tasting Event

The ranking results are in from our October 23 Apple and Cheese Tasting event held at Monticello’s Tufton Farm, and it seems that our 2021 participants share a favorite variety with Thomas Jefferson!

On a picture perfect fall day, more than 150 guests joined us for a unique opportunity to taste heirloom and conventional apples and learn about the history of this fine fruit from our featured guest speaker – Charlotte Shelton of Albemarle CiderWorks. This year, for the first time, a specially curated selection of cheeses was provided by our good friends at Wegmans to pair with each of the eight apples sampled .

Following the tasting, visitors walked the grounds of our beautiful farm, explored antique apple peelers and presses presented by The Richard D. & Carolyn W. Jacques Foundation, tried their hand at Kids’ Apple Zone activities and enjoyed a selection of apple-based food items specially prepared for the event by Monticello Farm Table Executive Chef David Bastide.

See how our tasting participants ranked their favorite apples, cheeses and pairings:

Apple: 8 varieties tasted

  • 1st place…by an undisputed margin…Albemarle Pippin
  • 2nd place…Ralls Genet
  • 3rd place…missed 2nd by one measly vote!…Ashmead’s Kernel
  • 4th place…but right on the heels of 2nd and 3rd…Black Twig

Cheeses: 4 varieties tasted

  • 1st place…Wegmans’ Brand 26-month Cheddar
  • 2nd and 3rd place…it’s a tie!…Wegmans’ Brand 18-month Gouda; Havarti

Favorite Apple and Cheese Pairing: almost too close to call!

  • 1st place…by only one vote!…Ashmead’s Kernel with Wegmans’ Brand 26-month Cheddar
  • 2nd place…Albemarle Pippin and Wegmans’ Brand 26-month Cheddar
  • 3rd place…Ralls Genet with Wegmans’ Brand 18-month Gouda