Last week Brian and I had a little double date with some friends of ours at Formaggio Kitchen's classroom annex out in the boons of Cambridge. Despite the gritty atmosphere, the class presented a surprisingly sophisticated array of cheeses and rose wine pairings.
David and Mike, our very well-informed hosts, presented 6 extremely generous pours and delicious bites. I strongly encourage you to take one of their classes. They have many offerings, including a class held in the caves under their Cambridge store. Doesn't that sound awesome? Did you know there was a cheese cave in Cambridge? Didn't think so. You're Welcome!
I would not do the gentlemen and their craft justice in trying to walk you through each of the pairings, but I would like to impart some of the wisdom they bestowed upon me.
Buy a mix of goats cheeses that are fairly neutral in flavor and dress them up with your own combo of olive oil and herbs. Such a simple, tasty, and unique presentation for your guests.
FUN FACT: "Stuck Fermentation" is when the yeast dies before the sugar converts to alcohol... this means the resulting wine will be sweet and have a lower % of alcohol. Behold! The birth of White Zinfandel!
Eat the rind people! The rind is exactly the same as what is underneath it... CHEESE! It just aged a little faster than its creamy, protected partner. I personally have always loved the rinds, especially on brie. Word to the wise, don't eat the wax.
FUN FACT: Rosé Wine is just red wine grapes treated like white grapes. It's.Just.That.Simple... and delightfully refreshing
Try pairing a sweet cheese (ie toffee, caramel-y Gouda) with spicy, savory sausages. They offset and balance each other nicely!
Salty likes salty... The Sardines + Tomato Spread + the Salty Ombra (manchego)... Magnifique! On that same note, choose a savory wine to pair with the salty... look for wines that have an herbaceous nose or leave hints of spices on the palate.
Whenever possible, pair both your wines and cheeses with fresh local produce and ingredients. Think local honey, berries, jams, and, of course, nice crusty rustic breads. Go for items that are in season.
Blue cheese and chocolate... blue cheese ON chocolate... do it
And remember, real men drink Rosé (and apparently wear pink pants to rosé class). #Brosé
Many, many thanks again to the team from FK! Cheese and wine make me happy.