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.
It’s time for another “super local” Wine and Cheese! Our wine, Barbera, comes from my work (http://winery-sf.com) and our cheese, Broncha, is from Petaluma, CA (http://www.achadinha.com). Neil and I love to support local businesses so these experiences are always close to our hearts.
Our wine this week is a Riesling from Washington. We figured we’d try something a little different for a change. Also it’s a wine that can range anywhere from dry to sweet. We are excited to see what we chose!
For this weeks wine and cheese, we decided to go out on the town! I had passed Golden Gate Grill a few times and noticed their sign for wine flights so we decided to give it a try! (http://sfgoldengategrill.com/) We apologize in advance for the lack of cheese in this entry 😉
We purchased this wine during our recent trip to J. Keverson in Healdsburg. (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/55233637275/healdsburg-fun-sunday-7-7-its-your-lucky-day). This pairing is one of the final ones from the list we found in The Fun Book for Couples.(http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0740738372) The last time we paired a wine with Gorgonzola cheese we could only find “crumbles” so we were excited to find a chunk of it this time.
Our wine and cheese tasting occurred in Chicopee, MA this week, during our trip to my mom’s. This tasting will include additional comments from my mom (Betty), my brother (Vinny) and my brother’s girlfriend (Koren). We chose the sparkling wine as a lighter, sweeter option everyone could enjoy!
The wine we are tasting today comes from Hart’s Desire in Healdsburg, CA. (http://www.hartsdesirewines.com) We picked it up while we were there on our recent trip, and Shea gave us a few ideas of what flavors may surface during our tasting. We decided to go with a simpler cheese in order to allow those aromas to shine through regardless of the cheese.
It’s your lucky day, a bonus post from Maria & Neil.
We decided to go to The Wine Club (http://www.thewineclub.com/) for some wine tasting during our “Wine and Cheese” time this week. There was a little cheese there as a snack but we will just be discussing the wines for this entry. The Wine Club offers different tasting themes every Friday and Saturday; this week Spanish wines were being featured.
In order to properly taste the next cheese we had some rice cake. The Gypsy Rose cheese is the second cheese we tried and it is found on the left in the photo. It has a washed rind and gets a pink color naturally. I found this cheese to have a strong odor; some of the smell comes through but it is not overwhelming. The Gypsy Rose had a hint of saltiness and reminded me of Parmesan, maybe it could be grated over pasta. Neil thought it was sharp, dry, and crumbled in his mouth. He would like to try it on a cracked wheat cracker.