Wines of the Week: ‘Secrets de Fromage’ featuring Fabulous Cheeses of Europe!
June 13, 2018 / Stephanie Miskew / 0 Comments
Pssst. I have a secret to tell you. A secret…de fromage! And if you love cheese as much as I do, I hope you can join me for this special, sponsored episode of “Wines of the Week” on Facebook LIVE featuring fabulous Cheeses of Europe. Entitled, ‘Secrets de Fromage,’ this show features an exceptional selection of tantalizing cheeses, as well as a wonderful lineup of wines from around the world to pair with them.
And let’s face it, from George and Amal to Beyoncé and Jay-Z, some pairings are truly special. They have a sizzling synergy and are simply greater than the sum of their parts. In this episode, I’m also going to share some tips and tricks to help you create exceptional, 1+1=3 wine and cheese pairings at home. Just be ready for your friends and family to start stopping by on a much more regular basis.
So are you ready to dive in?
Please scroll down for the list of featured wines and cheeses mentioned in this episode, but you simply must watch the video below for ALL the juicy details! Also, as promised, links to all the resources mentioned in the show can be found directly below the list of wines and cheeses.
TODAY’S FEATURED CHEESE + WINE PAIRINGS:
1.) Brie paired with Palmaz Amalia Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California 2015 ($70): This pairing represents the Pairing Principles #1: Pair Cheeses and Wines of Similar Weight and #2: Pair White Wines with Cheese.
I also love to serve Brie with Braswell’s Red Pepper Jelly ($6.95). This delightfully spicy jelly is positively DELICIOUS and the fat in the cheese keeps its heat in check!
2.) Comté paired with Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Brut, North Coast, California, 2013 ($35): This pairing illustrates the Pairing Principles #3: Pair Sparkling Wine with Rich, Salty Cheeses and, #4: Pair Wines and Cheeses with Similar Flavors.
Due to Comté’s delightful flavor profile, I love to serve it with Marcona almonds and dried apricots.
3.) Parmigiano-Reggiano paired with Fattoria Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany, Italy, 2008 ($30): The key Pairing Principle here is #5: If it Grows Together, it Goes Together!
Serve this delectable Italian cheese with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and meaty Castelvetrano olives for maximum deliciousness.
4.) Mimolette paired with Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Unfiltered, Rioja, Spain, 2011 ($25): This dynamic duo demonstrates Pairing Principle #6: Pair Red Wines with Hard Cheeses!
This gorgeous, bright orange hard cheese is complemented by a variety of dried fruit such as apricots, cranberries and figs.
5.) Saint Agur Blue Cheese paired with Chateau Guiraud Sauternes, Bordeaux, France, 2011 ($35 for 375mL bottle): This mic-drop worthy combo beautifully illustrates Pairing Principle #7: Pair Cheese and Wine with Opposite Flavors!
Serve creamy, salty blue cheeses with a generous drizzle of honey for an over the top sweet and salty experience – YUM!
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY’S SHOW:
– Learn more about the wine making term, “Sur Lie”
– Click here to go to my Facebook LIVE “Wines of the Week” playlist where you can search for my Italian Wine Month episodes (why can we STILL not share a playlist URL from Facebook, Mark Zuckerbeg?!?)
– Learn more about the wine term “Terroir”
I hope you enjoyed this episode of “Wines of the Week” featuring ‘Secrets de Fromage’ from Cheeses of Europe. I sure enjoyed sharing these delightful cheeses and wines with you, and I hope you find these pairing principles helpful next time you’re entertaining at home.
I’d really love to know what YOUR favorite wine and cheese combinations are so please let me know in the Comments section below. To view previous episodes of “Wines of the Week,” please click here ~ Enjoy!
June 13, 2018 / Stephanie Miskew / 0 Comments
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