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‘Cause it’s Friday: Let’s Talk Cheese & Wine

October 18, 2013
tags: bedford cheese shop, , cause its friday, chart, , cheese lovers, , , pairings, pinot noir, , , , wine,
by Sonia

cheese

I am powerless before cheese. Someone could lay out slices of American and you would still find me molesting the plate, piling slices together like a god damn Egyptian building a pyramid. I am also relatively powerless before wine. I only say relatively because it depends on my level of hangover, but for the most part, you will rarely see me turn down a glass of Pinot Noir (Chianti is good, too).

Almost once a week, my friends and I throw “dinner parties,” which are very often more like “appetizer parties” to which I am always assigned the cheese plate. I relish this assignment as it gives me a reason to venture over to my favorite local cheese store, The Bedford Cheese Shop, and engage in a 30-minute tasting frenzy that contains more moaning than an 18th century brothel with the store’s cheese monger.

“Have you tried the Pierre Robert?,” she asks while passing a sizable sample over the counter before slipping one into her mouth as well. A simultaneous, “OOOF,” almost always follows as we each nod, smacking our lips together commenting on the creamy nuttiness of the triple crème. This interaction is applicable to really any cheese taste test — give or take a few, but I really don’t discriminate when it comes to cheese — and then the two of us settle on three to four cheeses just different enough to make the plate interesting but still complimentary. After that it’s off to the wine store where I consider all the flavors that have just smothered my tastebuds and try to choose a wine that will work with each. I usually go with a Pinot Noir, Chianti, or Barbera because they are among my favorites in the red wine department, but this is where I should tell you that I really have no idea what I’m talking about.

This brings me to the image in today’s ‘Cause It’s Friday: I recently stumbled upon this chart of cheese and wine pairings and couldn’t help but share as I have no doubt that it will make all of our lives, particularly those of you who have as deep a passion for cheese and wine as me, much, much easier. And though this chart doesn’t contain the most specific of cheeses — i.e. La Tur, Tomme de Savoie, Truffle Tremor, etc. — it’s generic enough that you should be able to find a comparable classic cheese to the more exotic ones you plan on bringing to whatever dinner/app soiree you’re attending or just a party of three featuring you, a hunk of cheese, and a bottle of wine, which was me last night with a slab of Manchego and bottle of Côte du Rhône.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Suzanne permalink
    October 18, 2013

    Hola cote de rhone!!!

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