California Cheese & Wine Pairing
Made like fresh Monterey Jack and further aged for another seven to ten months. Firm, pale yellow with a sweet nutty flavor.
A firm cheddar-like cheese, mildy sweet and mellow when young, this cheese develops a darker golden hue and nuttier flavor over time.
With a central layer and outer covering of ash, this goat's milk ripens with a soft, white interior - creamy near the rind and crumbly in the center
Chardonnay – A very versatile white wine grape; flavors and aromas are easily influenced by where it’s grown and how it’s made. Fruit flavors range from apple and lime in cooler climates to tropical fruits in warmer places. When barreled in oak, it takes on a richness characterized by honey and butter flavors. When barreled in stainless steel, it often retains more mineral flavors and comes across as fresher on the palate. Pair with Brie, Gouda and Jack Parmesan, green apples, strawberries and toasted walnuts
Sauvignon Blanc - a fresh, crisp, aromatic white wine with grapefruit and grassy flavors. Pair with Feta, Goat, Mozzarella, Red Apples and Hazelnuts.
Pinot Gris/Grigio - Made from grapes that generally produce different styles of white wine depending on where the grapes are grown and how they're handled in the cellar. In the Alsace region of France, and in places like Oregon and New Zealand, Pinot Gris typically makes rich wines marked by a bit of spice. The Italian style (Pinot Grigio) tends to be fresh, crisp and refreshing. Pair with Goat, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Fontina, Provolone, Figs, Raisins and Walnuts.
Riesling - a crisp, clean white wine with green apple, pear and lime flavors. The best offer pleasing mineral qualities as well. With age, Riesling takes on honey flavors and attractive oily aromas. Pair with Blue Cheese, Feta, Gouda, Red and Green Apples, Cherries, Cashews.
Merlot - a soft, supple wine with nice fruit flavors of plums and blackberries and occasionally mint, chocolate and eucalyptus flavors and aromas. Pair with Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, Parmesan, Pears, Red Grapes, Olives.
Cabernet Sauvignon - flavors of blackberries, plums, black currants, and cassis. Aged in oak, Cabernet Sauvignon can take on flavors of vanilla, cedar, chocolate, and coffee. Pair with Gorgonzola, Aged Jack, Brie, Grapes and Crusty Bread.
Pinot Noirs – a delicate red wine with tastes of red fruits like cherries, raspberries and strawberries. With age, flavors and aromas become more complex, developing earthy notes like mushrooms and decaying leaves. Pair with Goat, Chevre, Feta, Swiss, Gouda, Brie, green grapes, cherries and Almonds.
Zinfandel - big, fruity, often spicy tones.Pair with Goat, Feta, Smoked Gouda, Parmesan, Dry Jack Cheese, Plums, Peaches, Toasted Pecans