Unlike Festivus (which we love), National Cheese Day is not a fictional holiday. It’s a real day! And, after Christmas, it’s probably our favorite day of the year. So in honor of the second best day of the year, here is a wine and cheese pairing that’s making us happy. And if it intrigues you, stop by and we can hook you up.
The Cheese: Jasper Hill Creamery’s Harbison is a soft-ripened cows’ milk cheese with a rustic, bloomy rind. Young cheeses are wrapped in strips of spruce cambium, the tree’s inner bark layer, harvested from the woodlands of Jasper Hill. It’s spoonable; delivering woodsy and sweet flavors, balanced with lemon, mustard, and vegetal nuances.
The Wine: There is a creaminess on the palate of this Francis Tannahill Dry Gewurztraminer, which makes it a choice companion for Harbison. Perfumed aromas of lychee, fresh melon, nectarine, apricot and green tea first leap from the glass; and as the wine opens, embrace elements of lemongrass, lemon pith, grapefruit zest and candied orange peel. Stony, flinty notes that join the abundant fruit on the finish. Linear, yet rich, this is a truly complex wine that screams “Pair Me!”
Happy National Cheese Day!!