Cheese: Rogue River Blue (Rogue Creamery,
This was a challenging way to start a tasting - with a blue! But it worked so well with the wine that we just had to go there!
Wine: Cardwell Hill Pinot Noir (2006,
With and all-Oregon flight, we just had to feature a pinot noir! The Oregon pinots are similar to Burgundies in style - earthy and not as sweet as those from CA. The cheese is one of our favorites and we've used it now in 2 beer pairing classes and 2 wine classes. How's that for versatile?!
Wines: Mason Sauvignon Blanc (2006,
M. Cosentino Cabernet Franc (2006,
Cheese: Humboldt Fog (Cypress Grove Creamery,
Who doesn't love Humboldt Fog? It's one of our most popular cheeses and with good reason. The folks up at Cypress Grove Creamery in Arcata do a fantastic job with this and the other great cheeses they produce. We paired the Fog with a tangy Sauv Blanc from Napa. It's such a versatile cheese though, it also pairs well with big reds, ports and even sticky dessert wines.
Wine: “The Last Straw” Isenhower Cellars Red Blend (2006,
Cheeses: 18-Mo Bandage-Wrapped (Fiscalini Farms,
Flagship Reserve (
This was a fun flight! We squared off two of the finest cheddars made in the US and paired them with an excellent red blend from Washington's Columbia Valley. The Beecher's Flagship Reserve is buttery and rich, with notes of caramel. The Fiscalini 18mo is more like a traditional English cheddar - rich in texture and earthy in flavor. Beecher's took top US cheddar last year at the American Cheese Society. Fiscalini won top cheddar AND best in show at the '07 World Cheese Awards. On this night, the group was split right down the middle and in the end, it was a tie.
Wine: Qupe Syrah (2007,
Cheese: Point Reyes Blue (Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.,
Not only did we start with a blue, but we ended with one too - that was a first! For all you folks who think a blue is a blue is a blue - you're wrong. The Pt Reyes is tart, tangy and paired perfectly with the tooth-staining syrah from Qupe. The Rogue in the first flight would've been trampled to death by this wine.
This was a really fun class for George, me and apparently, all the students too! We look forward to meeting all you new folks at some of our upcoming classes. Check them out at TasteCheese.com