Our wine and cheese pairing this week is a sparkling wine from Trader Joe’s with another soft cheese called St. Andre. Since our last cheese was named after a nearby mountain, I figured I should do a little research on this cheese. I did a quick Google search and found out St. Andre cheese is a specific type of triple cream cheese that has a soft buttery texture, tangy edible rind, and tastes like an intense version of Brie. Thanks Wikipedia, now onto the wine.
We received this cheese from some friends because they knew we loved to pair Wine and Cheese! Thanks Sabrina and Geoff! We had heard about Mt. Tam cheese on a recent trip to Cowgirl Creamery. (http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/) So we consulted our wine and cheese pairing list and looked for a wine that would pair with a soft cheese similar to Brie.
This weeks pairing was suggested at Trader Joes. (http://traderjoes.com/) The wine, Tempranillo, was from the Ribera del duero region of Spain. We tried another wine from this region when we visited The Wine Club. (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/55191187751/trip-to-the-wine-club-7-5-we-decided-to-go-to) According to www.cheese.com, “Usually, Tommes are cheeses produced from skimmed milk after the cream has been removed to make butter and full cream cheeses. Consequently, they are low in fat.” We had never heard of this type of cheese.
Neil and I attended a friends birthday party with a wine theme. I could barely contain my excitement about tasting wines from all over the world! The theme for the party was wine from the Southern Hemisphere. It was suggested that everyone bring wine from South America, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.
We continued on our search for new wineries by going to Kenwood, CA over the weekend. Driving down route 121 was beautiful! This country road had many vineyards, sparkling with glitter strips to keep the birds away. We even saw a sign that said “Welcome to Real wine country.”
This week we decided to go out for Wine and Cheese Friday. Eno (http://www.enowinerooms.com/) is just a few blocks away from our apartment and serves multiple wine flights, cheese flights, charcuterie and assorted chocolates. We had stopped here another time for a drink but couldn’t wait to try one of their recommended wine and cheese pairings.
This week’s wine and cheese entry is inspired by our trip to Lake county over Labor day weekend. (http://wineandcheesefriday.com/trip-to-lake-county-labor-day-weekend-part-1/) Bonterra Viognier is produced using grapes from Lake and Mendocino counties. We haven’t done any White Rhone wines yet so lets get started.
Touring around Lake County was amazing and exciting to see the different volcanic soils. We started in a vineyard with red coarse dirt and ended with black obsidian. Either way, it would be impossible to dig in. Also all of the minerals in the soil carry through into the wines, can you say terroir?
Over Labor Day weekend, Neil and I visited Lake County as a work field trip. We were invited out to Sol Rouge (http://solrouge.com/) in order to see the estate vineyard that produces some of the wine I sell. To those of you who live here in the city, this trip was able to happen because the Bay Bridge was closed (http://baybridgeinfo.org/closure), and our winery on Treasure Island was not accessible to the public.
Neil and I took our first trip to Napa Valley on Tuesday, 8/27. We went with my brother and his girlfriend who were in town visiting. We decided to go to 2 wineries that would be pretty different but close to each other.