St. Francis Winery
3 Tips for the Holiday Season
The holiday season is the time for treasuring moments with family and friends. Through all the hustle and bustle of the season, a special dinner with close friends or a being with family who live far away, these are times that make the holiday season so meaningful. Elevate a cozy gathering at home with a delicious cheese and wine pairing. The hospitality team at St. Francis Winery in Sonoma Wine Country knows how to create the perfect wine tasting experience, so here are a few tips for putting together a gorgeous wine and cheese pairing!
Choosing cheeses to go with your favorite wines does not need to be difficult. Start by thinking of each component of the wine and cheese as a complementary or contrasting flavor, considering the texture, sweetness and flavor intensity of each. Experiment by tasting each on its own to get a sense of its characteristics. Then, see how they taste when combined. You can do this on your own while planning your event or make it a fun activity with your friends.
• Tip 1: Pair wines and cheeses that will refresh your palate. A classic pairing is fresh goat cheese, such as a creamy and fluffy Chabis, and a refreshing glass of St. Francis Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (SRP $16.99). This creamy goat cheese has a mild yet tangy flavor that will pair well with the crisp, flavorful Sauvignon Blanc that has aromas and flavors of key lime, tangerine and yellow peach. Spread the cheese on crackers with some honey or a bit of herbs for a deliciously refreshing combination.
• Tip 2: Pair wines and cheeses of equal flavor intensity. Bold wines can overwhelm some cheeses. One pairing example of balanced flavor intensity is Laura Chenel Goat Brie paired with St. Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016 (SRP $16.99). The goat brie has a bloomy, creamy quality that carries notes of grass and nuts, and has a clean lemony finish, while the Chardonnay has delicate aromas and flavors with bracing acidity. The result? Bright, crisp notes with a hint of lemon, elements that nicely complement the cheese’s acidity and weight.
• Tip 3: Pair bold reds with aged cheeses. Aged cheeses are richer in flavor. This aspect of its character counteracts the tannins of a bold red wine, making for a delicious pairing. Consider serving Vella Dry Monterey Jack, an aged cheese similar to Parmigiano with a sweet flavor reminiscent of butterscotch, with St. Francis Sonoma Valley Merlot 2015 (SRP $20.99). The expressive Merlot, with aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum, espresso bean and savory spices, complement beautifully with the cheese. The aged Dry Monterey Jack cheese highlights the smooth texture of the Merlot wine.
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Planning a visit to Sonoma? Learn more about St. Francis Winery’s wine and cheese tastings at www.stfranciswinery.com/culinary/wine-cheese-pairing/