If youre a cheese lover and youre going to Mancos, youre in luck.
Olio Restaurant and Wine Bar has an after-dinner cheese selection to make a French chef proud. (Chef-owner Jason Blankenship is American, but he trained in France at the beginning of his culinary career.)
He offers a Pont Leveque, one of the gooiest, smelliest, most delicious cheeses in all of Normandy, heavenly with a slice of pear and a sip of 20-year-old port, which he also offers.
If youre looking for a rich, creamy cheese with earthy undertones, the goats milk Boucheron from the Loire Valley fills the bill. The sweet King Estate Pinot Gris vin glace from Oregon is a lovely complement to the mild tang of the cheese.
For something not as rich, but equally as flavorful, you might try the Le Ptit Basque, a sheeps milk cheese from the Pyrenees with a firmer, almost crumbly texture and an aroma redolent of mountain grass. It goes well with the toasted nuts and fig jam Blankenship serves alongside.
He offers 11 cheeses in all ($12 for a plate of three) and nine dessert wines (from $8 to $18) to accompany them. Forget the cake try the fromage instead.