Looking for a New Year’s resolution that you’ll want to stick to? We suggest “Eat More Cheese.” And you can get an early start on it with a decadent cheese+salumi platter for New Year’s Eve.
Unlike other red and white wines, which want specific cheese pairings, there are very few cheeses that don’t go with champagne. Here are some of our favorite suggestions:
* Triple Creme Cheeses. Rich, buttery triple cremes are the classic champagne combo. The refreshing bubbles balance the ultra-rich cheese (and leave your palate ready for more). Think Mt. Tam, Brillat Savarin and Saint Andre.
* Alpine Cheeses. Champagne highlights the sweet, nutty flavors of these hearty mountain cheeses. One favorite pairing is Pleasant Ridge Reserve, which is also the most awarded cheese in American history. Other options in this category are Comte (a little sweeter) and Gruyere (a little nuttier).
*Truffle Cheeses. What says ‘New Year’s’ more than champagne and truffles? We suggest Truffle Tremor. It’s the perfectly balanced marriage of ripened goat cheese jam-packed with Italian black summer truffles.
*Blue Cheese. A sweeter champagne is a great contrast with a blue cheese. Stick with the creamier and milder blues, like Stilton or West West Blue from Parish Hill Creamery (we’re the only store in CO you can get it) or Bayley Hazen Blue, also from Vermont). Too strong a blue will overwhelm the sparkler.
*Parmigiano Reggiano. After triple cremes, this might be the ultimate pairing. Umami meets umami.
Want to make your own pairing? Match your cheese and sparkling wine based on similarities. In general, the stronger the cheese, the more powerful champagne you need. Pair a lighter, fruity cheese with a rose, but a mature alpine with an older champagne.
Come on in and we can taste some cheese with you and make some recommendations so you get the ultimate New Year’s pairing. We can make a cheese tray in the store based on your tastes, or if you want us to do it for you, just let us know and we’ll be ready for your pickup.