PERFECT CHEESE PAIRINGS: Holiday 2015 Top Ten Wines

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Top Ten Wines

Cheese Pairings

Mons Meule de Savoie

with Domaine Bernard et Cristophe Richel Apremont

  • a washed-rind cheese, pale yellow with firm white paste
  • silky and dense with floral and nutty notes
  • a pairing of similar Savoie terroirs — crispness in the wine highlights the cheese’s sweet richness

Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche

with Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc

  • soft, ash-ripened goat cheese, aged more than a month
  • clean taste with hints of crème fraîche and mushrooms
  • creaminess of the cheese and citrus notes of the wine are highlighted in the pairing

Mons Camembert

with Cave de Lugny Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay

  • serve at room temperature for a super-rich, flavorful, oozy beauty
  • pleasant brininess supports a complexity of vegetal, grassy notes
  • the wine’s richness emerges in the pairing, highlighting the cheese’s savory notes

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar aged at Cellars at Jasper Hill

with The Stash Pinot Noir

  • earthy aromas belie sweet, fruity notes in this crumbly and nutty bandaged cheddar
  • an amazing collaboration between cheese making at Cabot and aging at Cellars at Jasper Hill
  • the cheese’s brown butter sweetness and caramel flavors are highlighted in the pairing

Parmigiano Reggiano aged 24 months

with Squadra Rosso

  • one of the three or four incomparable cheeses of the world — The King of Cheese!
  • 24-month aging brings a broad range of flavors from sharp and nutty to sweet and grassy
  • the aged cheese coaxes fruit notes from the wine, especially plum and currant

Black Creek Vintage Cheddar aged 2 Years

with Michel Chapoutier Marius Red Blend

  • a creamy orange cheddar from Wisconsin
  • smooth mouthfeel, sharp acidity and a tartness on the finish
  • the cheese softens the wine’s peppery notes while showcasing fruit flavors

Petit Agour Sheep’s Milk

with Joel Gott Grenache

  • a semihard sheep’s milk cheese with a natural pimentón-rubbed rind
  • nutty complexity, earthy, slight sharpness from aging
  • the pairing brings out raspberry, cherry and earthy notes with a glowing finish of butterscotch

Appleby’s Double Gloucester

with Santa Julia Reserva Mountain Blend

  • a crumbly bright orange Cheddar from England
  • creamy texture, a touch of minerality and tanginess on the finish
  • intriguing candied orange notes and earthiness emerge in the pairing

Borough Market Stilton

with Sea Pines Old Vine Petite Sirah

  • the traditional buttery blue cheese for the holidays
  • firm but creamy rich texture
  • the cheese’s silky mouthfeel and fruity overtones bring out berry flavors in the wine

Mitica Mahón

with Bula Montsant

  • an invitingly nutty cheese from Minorca, off the coast of Spain
  • its classic orange color comes from the paprika-rubbed rind
  • buttery richness in the cheese brings berry and spice notes forward in the pairing

Isigny Ste. Mère Bonhomme Brie

with Madam Liberté Brut

  • from Normandy, a luscious buttery French Brie that you can only get here
  • soft grassy notes and creamy hints of mushroom
  • the cheese beautifully balances the wine’s acidity, creaminess and earthiness come forward