Ever wondered what’s the fascination with cheese? Whether made Belgium, France, Denmark or the USA, with over 850 imported and domestic specialty cheeses from over 36 countries on 4 continents, its no wonder people are falling head over heels with cheese. Do you like the bold tang of brie to the mild, acidic chevres or the robust, smoked cheddar? A conversation piece at almost any holiday get-together, there are countless varieties to match every palate including sweet dessert cheeses.
To help enhance your inner cheese cravings , here are a few classic choices and pairings by Barrie Lynn, “the Cheese Impresario”, who writes “Cheese Matters” a monthly column in The Beverly Hills Times and featured in USA Today, Variety, Wine Spectator, and E! Entertainment brings the pleasure of eating cheese to our readers.
Several Classic Pairings
• Fresh Goat Cheese (I like Woolwich Chevrai) paired with a Sauvignon Blanc (Veramonte makes a great one and an excellent (value)
• Parmesan (I like SarVecchio Parmesan from Wisconsin) paired with Chianti (I like Nippozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva) with
• Lightly smoked Cheddar (like Applewood Smoked Cheddar) paired with a Chardonnay with light oak
• Big super aged Cheddar paired with Cabernet Sauvignon
Dessert Cheese –by Igourmet
Capra Goat– is a creamy, rich cheese that’s been aged for only a few weeks.
Chocolate Capri Log by Westfield Farm
If the notion of a semi-sweet chocolate goat cheese appeals to you, you will positively fall in love with this rich and creamy with a slight tang.
Cranberry Chevre with Cinnamon
This chevre, is perfect for the summer with a fresh and smooth and slightly sharp and lightly acidic flavor. There is a flavorful twist of cranberries and cinnamon added to the traditional goat log.
Are you a cheese connoisseur? Which is your favorite? Do you want to boost your knowledge? What kind of foods do you pair with cheese ?