Tips for Perfect Cheese Pairings

Great tips for the perfect cheese pairings.

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Tips for Perfect Cheese Pairings

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-The Betty Editors

Jarlsberg cheeseJarlsberg A semi-soft cow’s milk cheese with mild nutty-sweet flavor and characteristic large holes. America’s most popular specialty cheese.

Pair with delicate sweet Chenin Blanc with pleasant honey-pear finish, crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Gewurztraminer. Earthy dark-fruity Chinon, soft Merlot or medium-bodied Malbec.

Serving Ideas:

In a quesadilla (applewood smoked bacon, mushroom & Jarlsberg)

A fondue for dipping mini meatballs and assorted crudite

Pair with plums & apricots, grapes, apple, ham, black, dark or rye breads, toasted nuts

Woolrich Dairy Triple Crème Goat Brie

Soft, buttery and creamy, with tangy finish, Woolwich Dairy’s award-winning goat brie is luscious. Woolwich also produces ultra fresh Chevrai, gourmet-topped varieties, goat cheddar, feta and mozzarella, all delicious alternatives for the lactose sensitive.

Woolrich Dairy Triple Crème Goat BriePair with citrus-y Chardonnay, crisp Sauvignon Blanc, delicate Riesling or Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Pinot Grigio. Cabernet Sauvignon with big round blackberry/mocha flavors & spicy finish, Pinot Noir or red Burgundy.

Serving Ideas:

Melt on baguette & top with strawberry preserves, honey crème or fresh grilled figs & arugula

Bake in puff pastry or drizzle with honey and sprinkle with chopped pistachios

Pair with sliced mango, black or pumpernickel breads, toasted nuts and fruit paste

Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs

Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Made with cow’s milk and cream, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and chives, Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs is an ideal blend of fresh and herbaceous with spark of garlic. Also comes in a zesty Pepper, Shallot & Chive and new Garlic & Roasted Red Pepper.
All Boursin varieties pair perfectly with delicate, extra dry sparkling whites, crisp Chardonnay, Alsace and Gewürztraminers. Garlic & Fine Herbs is also a fine accompaniment to Chenin Blanc. Soft, lighter Pinot Noir or Beaujolais reds work nicely, too.

Serving Ideas:

Serve on a fresh baguette slice, crostini or flat bread

Stuff into cherry tomatoes, spread on cucumber rounds or endive, sprinkle with sprouts or toasted crushed nuts

Bake in potato skins, smear on rib steak or hot roast beef sandwich (sliders)

Garcia Baquero Gran Maestre Manchego

Garcia Baquero Gran Maestre ManchegoA “best in its category” at 2008 World Cheese Awards, this sheep’s milk cheese from La Mancha has a slightly piquant-nutty flavor with hint of salt.

Pair with big bold full-bodied Spanish reds like Rioja or Tempranillo, crisp floral white Verdejo or Chardonnay, dry Rose, sparkling wines or chilled Sangria.

Serving Ideas:

Serve with marinated olives

Pair with thinly sliced chorizo

Try with quince paste and Marcona almonds

Note: Wines recommended by Sommelier Kathleen Thomas of Oak & Steel, NYC

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