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Pop the Cork and Grab a Fork - A Guide to Mixing and Matching Wine and Cheese

When it comes to pairings, wine and cheese have been gracing taste buds with their combined flavors for centuries. However, which cheese with which wine? There are over 500 different varieties of cheese and over 10,000 different varieties of wine grapes. Although there isn't just one wine for one cheese, not all possible combinations can go together.

There are many factors that may go into wine and cheese pairings: location, texture, acidity, etc. If you are not sure what pair goes well together, there's no need to be intimidated. When you're equipped with the right information, you can create the perfect match.

Keep reading to discover which delicious cheeses and accompaniments will balance out that bottle of Cabernet your friend gave you for Thanksgiving or the Chardonnay that you will receive from your coworker for Secret Snowman.

Fiscalini Farmstead Purple Moon Cheddar

Purple Moon is often described as the “perfect pair,” Fiscalini takes their traditional award winning cheddar and soaks it in a North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon that leaves the cheese with a distinct purple color on the outside and creamy finish on the inside. Purple Moon is unforgettable, delicious, and completely unique; the perfect addition to any cheese tray with a subtle and delightful flavor that will leave you coming back for more.

Pairs with...

- Cabernet

- Chardonnay

- Merlot

Saint André

Saint André is a soft-ripened, triple crème cheese made with cow's milk. Its ivory-colored interior is covered with a white, powdery bloomy mold rind that can be eaten. This high-fat (75%), rich cheese is buttery and melts in your mouth. The addition of fresh cow's cream during production makes it exceptionally dense and fudgy. It has a signature salty, tangy flavor that derives from the ocean air blowing through the pastures on which the cows graze. It tastes like a fine brie mixed with sour cream and the sweetness of whipped cream. The high fat content and richness of Saint André makes pairing tricky, but we've got you covered...

Pairs with...

- Sauvignon Blanc

- Chablis

- Rosé

Bonus: Olympia Provisions Salami

Just as cheese and wine are a perfect pair, charcuterie and wine are also a great match. Salami has bold and intense flavors that compliment the tart and fruity taste of certain wines. Each Olympia Provisions salami chub is handcrafted using fresh, natural ingredients. They hand-cut only the best pork leg, shoulder and fatback, and then grind it with fresh spices. The salami are inoculated with live, edible molds that give them their signature flavor for which Olympia Provisions is known.

Pairs with...

- Sauvignon Blanc

- Riesling

- Pinot Grigio


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