Usually, National Wine & Cheese day finds distributors and industry professionals serving up a slew of suggested pairings for you to try. See why our Wine & Spirits Portfolio Manager, Jason Lynch, has some unique advice to offer instead and find out how he plans to celebrate today:
Today we celebrate what some would argue is the ultimate pairing: wine and cheese. National Wine and Cheese Day started in 2014 and I must confess, I had no idea, until now! With over 1500 “national days” from which to celebrate, why would I choose this national day over all the others? Simple – I love wine and I love cheese!
This time of the year I stick with goat cheese, or Chevre. Our local farmers’ markets are buzzing and there are plenty of great options to choose from. Being from Saratoga Springs, NY, we have the privilege, like many, of getting great locally-made cheeses. My go-to goat cheeses are from Moxie Ridge from Argyle, NY and Nettle Meadow from Warrensburg, NY. They are both offered at my local farmers’ market, but can also be found in numerous stores in the area.
I’m a big fan of Rose. I drink it year-round, but enjoy it even more in the summer. Some experts claim Rose and goat cheese don’t pair well. Others firmly believe that what grows together, goes together. It just so happens Moxie Ridge makes a goat cheese with Herbs de Provence. Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service distributes a dry rose from Vallons de Provence and is imported by Votto Vines. I’m not sure yet if the two pair well, but I’m planning on finding out!
In the end, when it comes to pairing wine with cheese, my message has always been the same – why not! The beauty of wine and of cheese is that we all have our own opinions and tastes. My advice has always been to not be afraid, to play around with different pairings, and above all else, to have fun! I plan on enjoying this national day kicked back with a glass of rose in my hand and some tasty goat cheese to sample along with it. If the pairing works, perfect! If not, at least I’m still having wine!