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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Wine & Cheese Pairings.

It's no secret how much I love wine. I love learning about it just as much as I love the fun times with family or friends that come with sharing a bottle glass. Pairing wine and cheese has always been easy to me, because I feel like ALL wine goes with ALL cheese.... right?? Well, it all depends on your own personal taste, but in tasting some of the pairings below, I've found there is an art to pairing wine and cheese. The cheeses below came from specialty cheese shops, but I would think Trader Joes and/or Whole Foods would have them (or something very close) in stock. Just ask the guy behind the counter, especially at Whole Foods, as they are always so knowledgeable and helpful! Here are two of my favorites...

Valckenberg Dornfelder 2009 wine paired with Cambazola Blue Cheese
Tip: Add toasted walnuts to the mix. The flavors go so well together!
The wine is a lighter red, but it pairs so well with the bolder blue cheese.
This is a perfect pairing for the upcoming warmer nights!


Oveja Negra Carmenere 2008 wine, paired with Pickwick English Cheddar w/caramelized onions.
(the cheese pictured is not the English Cheddar, because we ate it all! HA!)
This is, by far, the best wine/cheese pairing I've ever had! The caramelized onions in the cheese impart
such a rich flavor... trust me, you need to have this pairing!
Both the wine and cheese are bold and full of flavor!

Other pairings I would recommend:
-Lot 3 Port (Marietta Cellars) paired with Point Reyes blue cheese
-Chianti Classico paired with Percorino Toscano cheese
-Sauvee classico paired with Tallegio 
-Alexander Valley Dry Rose of Sangiovese paired with Cocoa Cardona
-Rocca Vermentino 2009 paired with Brinata del Megello
-Bunratty Meade paired with Cahill Irish Porter Cheese

All pairing ideas from here. They do online tasting every Wednesday, so tune in if you're interested! My aunt & uncle, who are big time foodies, turned me onto this, and I love it! Enjoy! xx

10 comments:

  1. This post is right up my alley! My fiance and I love going on wine tastings and I am huge fan of cheese...so pairing them together is one of favorites whether at home or on a picnic! Thank you for this!

    Liesl :)

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  2. My sister has made it her life mission to educate me about wine as soon as I'm old enough, so I'm linking this post straight to her!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  3. LOVE cheese and wine.

    Have you had St Agur? It's my FAVOURITE blue EVER.

    So good.

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  4. No I haven't had St Agur, but I will try it next time I'm in Whole Foods! Sounds amazing! Thank you for the tip :) Let me know if there are others you love that I should try!

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  5. I am so glad that you posted this! I have been wanting to try a new Wine!

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  6. thanks for sharing!!! :)))

    http://memyclothesni.blogspot.com

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  7. yes please, more wine and cheese!

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  8. yum-moe looks good!

    xo-Kayla Marie
    www.wildchildfashion.blogspot.com

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  9. these pairings sound so yummy! love, love, love wine and cheese. just really love wine, period. :)

    Miyan

    www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

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  10. I love a nice glass of wine and some cheese...the best! What a lovely post...it makes me want to go wine tasting again soon! My fiance and I often make little cheese platters at home with wine and I am going to have to try some of these pairings!

    Liesl :)

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