Just as wine takes on new characteristics as it ages, so, too, does cheese. Also similarly, various varieties of wine and cheese age in different ways. The best way to discover wine-and-cheese combinations you’ll love is to experiment. Open a few bottles of wine, prepare a board with different kinds of cheese, and then start tasting. The wines featured here were selected with exactly that in mind.
Amici e vini sono meglio vecchi. Friends and wines improve with age. That’s an Italian proverb, and the Italians know a thing or two about wine. For generations, they’ve set the standard for crafting food-friendly wines that pair beautifully with family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. This collection of red wines has been curated with food — and friends — in mind.
Pinot Noir can produce some of the world’s most attractive and sought-after wines, and California has become a hub of quality Pinot Noir production. The variety requires constant attention in the vineyard in order to ensure full ripeness at harvest time, and the winery owners featured in this sampler understand that all great wines — especially all great Pinot Noir wines — begin in the vineyard.
Even as the grilling season comes to an end, the “tail-gate party” season is just beginning. That means there’s absolutely no reason to put your Zinfandel away. In fact, it’s time to re-stock! Zinfandel may be the ultimate cool-weather red wine because it pairs so well with so many types of food — from “tail-gate burgers” to grilled steaks, and from flavorful ribs to your favorite type of pizza.
Some wines are almost as much fun to look at as they are to drink — like this “Golden Zest Collection.” In making wine, one decision a vintner faces involves how much time the crushed grape skins are allowed to stay in contract with the juice. This timing contributes not only to flavor, but also to color. As you’ll discover when you taste (and see!) these wines, the vintners had perfect “timing.”
Australia — what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably kangaroos. The second? Perhaps a “blooming onion” from a certain steakhouse chain — unless you’re old enough to remember the “I’ll slip another shrimp on the barbie for you” campaign from the Australian Tourism Commission during the late 1980s. But what you should be thinking about is wine — some of the best being made anywhere today.
If there were an “official wine of summer,” Pinot Grigio… a.k.a. Pinot Gris… may well be it. Fresh, crisp and refreshing, it’s not only a perfect aperitif, but it pairs beautifully with everything from soufflés to sole Meuniere, and from scallop ceviche to lemon-herb chicken. Outstanding bottlings are made in Italy, of course, but you’ll also encounter superb versions from Oregon and California.
It has often been said that Merlot is the red wine you drink while you’re waiting for your Cabernet Sauvignon to age and mellow out. Indeed, “mellow” is a good word to describe many bottlings of Merlot.
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