Monday, January 31, 2011

Wine/Beer Cheese Pairing #2

Week Number 2

New for 2011 at The Wine and Cheese Place

Join us each Saturday at our Cheese Counter and taste the weekly pick of a cheese paired with a wine and a beer*. Each Saturday we will feature a cheese in our award winning cheese department at all 3 TWCP locations and have a wine and beer to taste that we feel is a great match.

It will be fun and informal just come in for a taste at the Cheese Counter.

Pairing cheese with wine or beer is an age old excercise and everybody has an opinion. First of all, there are no wrong answers. It is all about what you like. There is no sense in buying a cheese that you don't like because "an expert" said that it is the best match. The perfect match is the wine/beer you like and the cheese you like! But we will hope to give you a few guidelines and ideas to start your journey through the matching process. Join us each week for a new match.

Saturday, February 5 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese:

Forsyth: Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Ballwin: Comte
Rock Hill:

Pleasant Ridge Reserve is an American artisan cheese from Wisconsin. It is modeled after Gruyere from Switzerland and Beaufort from France. It is a nutty, rich, slighty earthy and flavorful cheese -- click here to read more about the cheese

To match with this Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve and French Comte:
Wine: We are going to match a great Cotes du Rhone which has big fruit and a touch of spiciness to play off the richness of the cheese.
Forsyth: Grand Veneur Cotes do Rhone
Ballwin: Mordoree Cotes do Rhone
Rock Hill: Grand Veneur Cotes do Rhone

Beer: We are going to match it with a palate lifting Saison. It has great aroma (almost spicy), and good carbonation to cleanse the palate and it adds a whole new dimension to the taste.
Forsyth: Boulevard Tank 7
Ballwin: Boulevard Tank 7
Rock Hill: Boulevard Tank 7

Extra info about the wine:
2009 Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone....$15.99
The 2009 Cotes du Rhone Reserve (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault) exhibits a leafy/garrigue/Provencal character intermixed with raspberry and black cherry fruit. The sweetness of the tannins, plump, medium-bodied style, and touch of pepper result in a classic Cotes du Rhone to drink over the next several years."- The Wine Advocate

Extra info about the beer
Boulevard Tank 7....$8.49 / 750ml
Boulevard Tank 7....$9.99 / 4pk
Rated 98 on RateBeer

"Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard it’s fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were developing variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a flavorful surge of fruity aromatics and hoppy, grapefruit notes (Amarillo hops), this complex, straw-colored ale finishes long, dry and spicy."

*This will be in addition to our normal wine tastings at the stores.

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