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Cheese & Wine Pairings

No feast would be complete without cheese, which we’d take over a piece of cake pretty much any day. An ideal post-meal cheese plate contrasts flavor and texture, and leans towards your tastes (the stronger the better for us). Pair with a great crusty loaf and fruit for some natural sweetness. We recommend tasting in the order shown and Cameron Hughes has paired each cheese with the ideal wine to complement.


Pouligny St. Pierre, Berry, Unpasteurized Goat’s Milk, Traditional Rennet

We love the pyramid shape of this fruity cheese, with a nice nuttiness and ash coating that balances the sharpness of the goat milk.

Cameron Hughes recommends:
Lot 341, 2010 Santa Maria Syrah with the Pouligny St. Pierre. The spice of the Syrah will lift the fruit and nutty flavors.

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Wigmore, Riseley, Berks, Unpasteurized Eww’s Milk, Vegetarian Rennet

This is a delicious unpasteurized English sheep’s milk cheese that has a velvety quality and a sweet, mellow milky taste.

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S. Jorge, S. Jorge Island, Azores, Unpasteurized Cow’s Milk, Traditional Rennet

A great hard cheese with a strong, nutty flavor.

Cameron Hughes recommends:
Any medium body wine will work great with S.Jorge. Wines like Lot 326, 2010 Sonoma Pinot Noir, Lot 367, 2010 Chablis or Lot 341, 2010 Santa Maria Chardonnay will marry well with the strong flavor of this cheese.

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4. Taleggio di Val Brembana, from Lombardy, Pasteurized Cow’s Milk Traditional Rennet:

With an intensely creamy melting quality, this cheese is thicker than your usual Alpine taleggio, with a sappy, floral flavor, and a hint of yeast.

Cameron Hughes recommends:
Big, New World Cabernet, like Lot 345, 2010 Rutherford Cab, is made for Taleggio. The thick creamy taste is a warm blanket to the Cabernet, and together they melt in your mouth. So good

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5. Cashel Blue, Ireland, Co. Tipperary, Pasteurized

This blue is pungent, and a bit creamy. We love it spread on a piece of raisin bread.

Cameron Hughes recommends:
Lot 319, 2011 Sori Moscato d’Asti is a sweet, effervescent and playful wine that lifts the austere intensity of the blue to create a taste sensation.

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