This Friday, March 1, we will be having an educational wine and cheese tasting from 3-6pm in the center of our store.
This month, we will be featuring wines from Australia, which has become the sixth largest wine producing country in the world. Nearly 2,000 wineries are spread through every state, and many of them are small family-owned operations. Shiraz, a close cousin of the Syrah of France, has long been Australia’s premier red wine grape. Shiraz is normally very well balanced, with blackberry and spice notes, but can be tannic depending on the region and climate it is grown in. This Friday, we will be featuring wines from Jacob’s Creek winery located in South Australia. Varieties being sampled will be Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz.
Along with these wines, we will be sampling Grafton’s Clothbound Cheddar. The Grafton Cave Aged line of fine cheeses takes Grafton beyond its roots in Vermont cheddar cheese. The cheese is carefully matured in Grafton’s own cave aging facility using raw milk from small Vermont family farms that is thermalized and contains no artificial hormones. The rennet used is non-GMO microbial rennet, suitable for vegetarians. Clothbound Cheddar is classic milled curd cow milk cheddar wrapped in cheesecloth while it ages slowly in Grafton’s caves for a minimum of six months. Grafton Clothbound delivers a very bold cheese with both nut and mushroom notes. It is delicious any time of year on a cheese plate, in a sandwich or used in a recipe like the one below.
We hope to see you on Friday between 3-6pm for this exciting pairing.