Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson
Wine and cheese create heavenly combinations and we are after all, 30afoodandwine.com, so who better to discuss wine and food pairings?
Brie and Chardonnay are the peanut butter and chocolate of wine and cheese pairings: they were meant to be. The creamy buttery tang of Brie is suited beautifully to a lightly oaked and tart Chard. Chardonnay is the most widely used white wine grape in the world and many labels of this popular white are readily available. The Fess Parker 2014 Chardonnay from Santa Barbara is a wonderful choice for accompanying decadent and rich Brie. It’s bursting with ripe apple and citrus but also exceptionally balanced with subtle and toasty oak.
Our next pairing pick may surprise some, but fruity red wines work very nicely with certain cheeses. Harder cheeses such as a Spanish Manchego, aged Gruyeres or Cheddars are perfect examples of this. Try the Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Zinfandel from 2013 with one of these nutty, aged, harder cheeses for a delightful marriage. This wine is well-vetted and affordable so go ahead and splurge on a quality cheese!
Wine World’s several locations offer a large variety of premium cheeses as well as the helpful staff well-versed in pairings. They are an excellent local purveyor to patron.