10
Nov
08

Two Wines, Two Cheeses

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In preparation for having some friends over, I went to Surdyk’s Wine and Cheese store to get their recommendations for cheese pairings for the wine I planned to serve.   The staff at Surdyk’s really know their stuff and I’m always impressed with they go out of their way to be helpful.

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The first wine I wanted to match was La Crema Chardonnay 2006.  This is one of my favorite Chardonnays – it has kind of a peachiness to it.  The guys at Surdyk’s recommended a French triple crème goat cheese coated in cracked mustard seeds – Delice de Pommard from Burgundy (far left in cheese board photo).  It was incredible –so creamy, and the mustard flavor was very mild.  This cheese is soft and easily spreadable, so great to put on baguette slices or crackers.  This was definitely a winner.

The second wine I wanted to match was Herederos del Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2004.  My friends at Surdyk’s recommended a cow’s milk cheese from Spain called Mahon.  This is a hard cheese, light colored with an orange rind, and it comes from Menorca.  It’s slightly salty and the flavor reminds me a little of white cheddar, though not quite as intense.  The Mahon cheese (far right in cheese board photo) did complement the Rioja well, but faded into the background a little more than the Delice de Pommard.

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1 Response to “Two Wines, Two Cheeses”


  1. November 11, 2008 at 1:32 am

    My wife loves wine! She’s going to love this post.


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