I came across this wine and cheese pairings infographic, and with Valentine's Day weekend upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share it. What I like about it is that it pairs the types of cheeses you find in any grocery store, even those without a big cheese counter. If the store you're shopping in offers only pre-packaged blocks of cheddar, pepper Jack, and herbed cheeses, you're in luck. You can still create great wine and cheese pairings.
Cheese from Cabot, which created the graphic, is made by a co-op of 1,300 family dairies in New England and upstate New York with hormone-free milk — and I'm a big fan. I like Cabot's Seriously Sharp Cheddar, and I often use its shredded cheeses on my homemade pizzas and flatbreads.
Looks like a good pairing suggestion for the Seriously Sharp I have in my refrigerator would be one of my favorite reds, Noble Vines 337 Cabernet. I have some Monterey Jack, too, and I could pair it with one of my favorite whites, Rodney Strong's Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc. Both of those wines are under $15 a bottle and, paired with cheese from the basic cheese section in the grocery store, they'd make some impressive and delicious, yet inexpensive, wine and cheese pairings for Valentine's Day.
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