For most of us out there, the time we enjoy wine most is at Friday night dinner. We have our chicken or meat dish, and we pair a favorite big bold red wine with our food. We enjoy how the fruitiness of the wine plays off the savory nature of the food. Unless we partake in more during-the-week drinking and pairing (which we all should), we don’t always grab the opportunity to enjoy how wonderfully wine pairs with cheese. Cheese and wine go together like peanut butter and jelly, or chicken soup and matzah balls. It’s a match we need to take advantage of to enhance our appreciation of both wine and cheese. As we approach Shavuot, the holiday where dairy reigns, it’s the perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with pairing cheese and wine.
Here are 5 amazing wines and the recommended cheeses you will want to pair with them:
Terra Di Seta Special Reserve Chianti Classico: A wonderfully balanced Italian wine made with 100% Sangiovese grapes that spent thirteen months in oak. This wine is medium-bodied and spicy on the finish. It would pair well with hard cheeses such as Parmesan and Romano.
Hagafen Lake County White Riesling: This light-bodied Riesling is filled with fruit flavors ranging from mango and pineapple to peach. The wine has balanced acidity and a long finish. It pairs beautifully with soft cheeses like mozzarella, Camembert, and brie.
Ella Valley Cabernet Franc: This wine is not officially a single varietal (Cabernet Franc) as it contains 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot. It is aged in oak for 15 months, allowing the structure and depth of flavor in the wine to develop. This wine is best paired with hard cheeses like Parmesan and Romano.
Elvi Herenza Rioja: This wine is comprised of 100% Tempranillo grapes and comes from the Rioja region in Spain. It is oaked for only five months in both French and American oak and is best paired with hard cheeses, like Fontina or brick cheddar.
Goose Bay Reserve Fume Blanc: This light-bodied New Zealand wine is filled with citrus flavors including pineapple and melon. It was stored for 8 months in French oak and is best paired with dessert, or as an after dinner wine with a cheese plate.
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