Guide to Wine & Cheese
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OUr Favorite Wines
What to pour at big meals and everyday dinners this season
Pizzolato Pinot Grigio
Made from organic grapes
Experience: Underripe peach and stone fruit aromas greet you in this organically grown Italian White. With an enticing minerality, vibrant acidity and brightness, this wine is a perfect party take-along.
Pair with: Oro del Tiempe Piave Vecchio cheese, delicate seafoods, shellfish, lemon vinaigrette, citrus fruit salad and Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy-Spicy Green Onion Dipping Sauce
Globerati Sauvignon Blanc
Experience: Lemon and grapefruit aromas at first pour, then a touch of honeysuckle. Inviting mineral notes balance crisp green apple flavors in this bright, fresh Chilean White.
Pairs with: Mitica Campo de Montalban cheese, Manhattan clam chowder, traditional shrimp cocktail, mussels, sliced pears and Grapefruit and Beet Salad
Louis Latour Duet Chardonnay-Viognier
Experience: A versatile French blend showcasing a round, fruity softness. Slight earthy notes and the hint of smoke add nice complexity. Easy drinking. A food-loving wine!
Pairs with: Hervé Mons Camembert, crispy roast turkey, yams, cranberry sauce —everything Thanksgiving like Roast Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Gravy
Sea Pines Russian River Chardonnay
Subtle aromas belie big flavors of green apple, lemon and vanilla bean in this wine. A pleasant richness hints at the use of just the right amount of oak. It’s balanced and with an excellent mouthfeel.
Pair with: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon cheese, poached turbot, Cornish hens, chowders, lobster bisque, cream sauces and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Coppola Sonoma County Pinot Noir
This is classic see-through ruby red with a forward fruity tartness of dried cherry and strawberry. It has subtle floral jasmine notes and a silky, elegant mouthfeel.
Pair with: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon cheese, turkey, lamb chops, Peking duck and Sour Cherry Glazed Ham
Bodegas Belgrano Malbec
Classic easy-drinking roundness and aromas of warm spices characterize this textbook Argentine malbec. Stewed blueberry flavors mingle nicely with woodsy hints of smoke.
Pair with: Hennings Cranberry Orange Cheddar, roast duck, pepperoni pizza and Spaghetti Squash Marinara with Italian Sausage and Garlic Bread
Legado del Castillo Rioja
You’ll enjoy mineral, earthy aromas in this deep garnet-colored Spanish Red. It’s bright, sunny fruit flavors mean this is not your father’s Rioja! It also has a lingering, well-balanced finish.
Pair with: Mitica Mahon cheese, grilled meats, pork chops, eggplant marinara and Beef Skewers with Romesco Sauce
Bubo Cabernet Sauvignon
This is surprisingly fruity, pleasant and approachable with a touch of green pepper aroma. Blackberries and ripe plums accentuate juiciness. This is an easy drinking wine. Give it a 10 minute chill.
Pair with: Ford Farms Seaside Cheddar, chili, cranberry turkey sandwiches, veggie lasagna, cassoulet, beef enchiladas and Tempeh Bell Pepper Chili
Get ready for earthy, herbaceous aromas in this brick-red wine with refined minerality and complex dark fruit flavors. The terroir of Priorat, Spain proudly shows in the glass.
Pair with: Guilloteau Fromager d’Affinois, barbecue, hearty veggie stews, Brunswick stew and Roasted Beef Brisket with Carrots and Tomatoes
Charles and Charles Merlot
This inky, hearty Red has attractive baked biscuit aromas. Black and blue fruits come forward and then recede into a rich, elegant, full-bodied finish.
Pair with: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, steak and Guinness pie, twice baked potatoes, shepherd’s pie, buttery pastry crusts and Home-Style Meatloaf
Gaston Chiquet Champagne
This is a Champagne lover’s Champagne! It’s rose gold in color with persistent foamy bubbles. Delicate peach and golden delicious apple notes lead to a lovely lengthy finish. It makes a truly special holiday gift.
Pair with: Hervé Mons St. Nuage cheese, oysters, brunch, cinnamon buns —everything in the world goes with this Champagne! Try Raw Oysters with Sweet Pear Mignonette