I recently put together a wine and cheese club selection for a local wine retailer in New Canaan, Connecticut. The concept is to offer clients a nice bottle of wine that is perfectly paired with an artisan cheese, a condiment and some sort of cracker, crostini, or cookie.
One of my favorite party cheeses is Vermont Butter and Cheese Company’s “Cremont” which is a delicate, creamy, goat and cow’s milk creation that, if one were not practicing the art of moderation one could easily devour this 6- ounce pillow of decadence in one sitting.
I paired this great little cheese with Mitica’s Spanish Fig Jam and some Austrailian crispbread crackers. The wine selection was a Bodegas Valserrano Rioja Blanco “En Barrica” 2009. This lovely wine hints of floral and sweet fruits, pear, grapefruit peel, with soft toasty and sweet spices such as vanilla.
The very next day I received several “thumbs up” accolades in my email in-box from the satisfied people who tried the selections. Seems they loved everything. So if you’re looking for a sure-fire culinary sampling to serve your family, friends and guests, this medley is sure to please.
Erin Hedley, Fromagere and Instructor for Artisanal Premium Cheese