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Wine and Cheese Matchups... Pinot Noir Top Tasting Results

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  • Chicago Mike Jun 14, 2004 01:21 AM
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Recently participated in an extremely extensive tasting of Wine and Cheese.... 8 varietals in all were sampled against over 45 cheeses... this took days. Name a cheese between Appenzeller and Zamarano and it was probably part of this tasting.

Top-rated cheeses which "made the cut" were re-tasted in a second round.

Survivors and thrivers after two rounds vs. Pinot Noir are:

VERY TOP TIER: Very Aged Cheddar (8 year old), plain Chevre Goat Cheese, Epoisses, Roquefort

2nd TIER: Aged Cheddar (4 year old), Feta (french), Havarti, Parmesan Reggiano,

3rd TIER, (fair plus at 7.00): Comte, Aged Gouda, Port Salut

Unfortunately I didn't record the wine and the bottles have been thrown out, but I had brought it to the tasting... From memory it was probably a Meridian Reserve from Santa Barbara county, late '90's. It drank beautifully.

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  1. What a fun task!

    I've seen a couple of your postings and am interested in all the results. Have you posted all the results? I saw the Rioja thread also, and one other, I think.

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    1. re: missem

      Cabernet, Syrah, Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer Phase One, and Riesling Phase One have all yet to be posted. Hopefully will get it out there in a week or two.

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      john gonzales

      In general Santa Barbara (plus central coast) wines have made giant strides in the last half-decade. The quality improvement and level is impressive. Lots of really nice rhones, but the best may be the Santa Rita Hills pinots. The stuff sourced there (esp. Clos Pepe and Cargasacchi vineyards) by Loring, Siduri, Brewer-Clifton, Melville, Clos Pepe, Sea Smoke is all great.

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      1. re: john gonzales

        Santa Barbara County is awesome...

        In a good year, Pinot and Chardonnay from Santa Maria and Santa Rita and the Syrah from Santa Ynez are all world-class, IMO.

      2. Recently participated in an extremely extensive tasting of Wine and Cheese.... 8 varietals in all were sampled against over 45 cheeses... this took days. Name a cheese between Appenzeller and Zamarano and it was probably part of this tasting.

        Top-rated cheeses which "made the cut" were re-tasted in a second round.

        Survivors and thrivers after two rounds vs. Zinfandel (red) are:

        VERY TOP TIER: Parmesan Reggiano (a rare score of 9.00... a superb matchup)

        2nd TIER (all outstanding): Very aged Cheddar (8 yr old), plain Chevre Goat Cheese, Provolone, Roquefort

        3rd TIER: Camembert, Aged Cheddar (4 yr old), Epoisses, Feta (french)

        The wine tasted was the 1997 Hartford Court.