Monday, February 21, 2011

Week #5 Pairing....

Week #5

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 26 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese:

Forsyth: Old Chatham Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert
Ballwin: Old Chatham Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert
Rock Hill: Old Chatham Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert

Old Chatham Nancy's Hudson Valley Camembert
An American Artisan cheese producer from New York that specializes in Sheep's milk cheeses. The Nancy's is actually a blend of Sheep and Cow milk.
"Sheep’s milk cheese has been made in other parts of the world for centuries, perhaps as long as 12,000 years, but it is relatively new in the United States. Old Chatham Sheepherding Company was in the forefront of producing some of the first sheep’s milk cheese and yogurt in the US." -- Old Chatham

Wine: To match with the Camembert we are going to use a a good crisp Sauvignon Blanc with some acid to cleanse the palate from this rich cheese. The flavors of the Sauvignon blanc should really enhance the cheese.
Forsyth: Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc
Ballwin: Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc
Rock Hill: Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc

Extra info about the wine
2009 Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc
One of our best selling Sauvignon Blancs with crisp acid and fresh fruit. The flavors revolve around citrus including some grapefruit, but there is also some great melon characteristics to round it out.

Beer: To match with Nancy's Camembert we are going to use a great Belgian Ale with high carbonation and some hops to cleanse the palate and take the cheese to the next dimension..
Forsyth: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Ballwin: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Rock Hill: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Extra info about the beer
Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
"A unique marriage between the English tradition of IPAs, the new American revolution of Imperial IPAs and the classic Belgian way of brewing. Houblon Chouffe, although very much hopped as it is, showcases the unique balance between a very strong IPA and a very special Belgian Tripel exclusively created for this ale (Big malty body, distinct dryness, expressive estery fruitiness). - IBU: 59, Original Gravity: 1092 ."
Rated 99 on RateBeer

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

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