Cheese & Wine Anyone?

First of all, let me apologize for this being so late in the game! This was supposed to post weeks ago, but apparently I'm still learning how this website works! I've been so excited to share this post with you, and my excitement has not waivered.

Post originally written May 31, 2018.

Last Friday was National Wine Day, and so I had a friend, Caroline Pryor, help me with wine & cheese pairings to share with everyone! Cheeses are from Maid-N-Meadows and the Cheesecake is from Sweet Cheeses! I'll share websites below the photos. The wine is all below $30 retail, and most below $10 so this would be a relatively inexpensive way to spend an evening with your girlfriends, a ladies night, or a mom play date!

So I’m going to go ahead and say that I’m not a big fan of cheese and wine is very hit or miss for me. I probably wasn’t the best person to be the taste tester for these! Haha. I’ll also say that even though I’m not an avid cheese eater or wine drinker, I did feel like these all paired very well together. My husband, Andrew, tried everything with me so I would have more input on the flavors from someone who loves cheese, but not wine.

Also, another disclaimer, I’m no connoisseur so these aren’t going to be super fancy reviews!

 https://www.maidnmeadows.com/

https://www.maidnmeadows.com/

Swiss

Wine is Hive & Honey Gewurztraminer (Gah-verts-tra-mee-ner) - Retails for about $8

This was a fairly sharp combination that worked well. The cheese had a good bite and the wine was light enough to build up the flavor to the right amount. Andrew was neutral on this match up, and preferred to eat just eat the cheese as I got the next pairing ready!

 https://www.maidnmeadows.com/

https://www.maidnmeadows.com/

Alpine

Wine is Chandon Brut Sparkling - Retails for about $25

This combination was a little too much for myself, but Andrew liked it the best. He liked the sharpness of the cheese with the bubbles of the wine. The wine is a dry sparkling, meaning it isn't sweet, so it was enhancing the sharpness of the cheese.

 https://www.maidnmeadows.com/

https://www.maidnmeadows.com/

Tomato & Basil

Wine is Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab-er-nay So-vin-yon) - Retails for $12????

I said I wasn’t a wine person, and I’m especially not a red wine person, but this was probably my favorite of the pairings for wine & cheese. They complimented each other in the best ways and just brought out the boldness in each other. It was a very smooth match.

 http://www.sweetcheesesbakery.com/

http://www.sweetcheesesbakery.com/

Cheesecake

Wine is Barefoot Riesling - Retails for about $7

If you have a sweet tooth like I do, this is the perfect combination. Do yourself a favor and grab a glass of a sweet Riesling, The Genesis Cheesecake from Sweet Cheeses!, and just hang out. This was so good that it was hard to share with Andrew!

Remember, if all else fails, just make a pasta dish and drink these wines with the respective cheese that you used! OR if you just don't want to cook or make anything, just pour yourself a glass of wine and drink.

Remember to tag #HipDFM and #MarketAtTheMansion all season and find me walking around at the market on Fridays to be on our instagram story! Also, send me pictures of your farmer's market finds and I'll put your photos up on our social media.

- Marisa

Marisa Leek