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Cheese recs for Syrah and Gewurztraminer

missmodular818 Oct 1, 2007 09:24 AM

Went to the Firestone Vineyards up in Paso Robles yesterday. I picked up a 04 Syrah and and 06 Gewurztraminer. Any cheese recs for pairing?

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    bubbles4me Oct 1, 2007 09:39 AM

    I think finding one cheese to pair with both wines might be tough but if you are looking for a cheese for each wines this is what I would reccomend:
    Gewurztraminer- soft and stinky so something like Munster, (from Alsace) Epoisses or L' Pie d' Angloys.
    Syrah- hard and salty. Piave, Parm, Manchego or Petit Basque.

    1. Robert Lauriston Oct 1, 2007 12:45 PM

      Those are pretty different wines so very wine-friendly cheeses such as Manchego, Gruyere, Tete de Moine, Reggiano, and Brebiou would fit.

      A mild, buttery blue such as Danablu, Blue Castello, or Gorgonzola Dolcelatte would be nice with the Gewurz and maybe with the Syrah depending on the style.

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        Chicago Mike Oct 1, 2007 11:41 PM

        GEWURZTRAMINER: 2 exceptional matches are Gruyere and Emmental. FWIW, from my tastings I've never found the classic regional match of Gewurztraminer and Munster to be very interesting, but try it yourself.

        SYRAH: An incredibly cheese-friendly wine, you might better ask which wines don't match with it. But among the best IMO are: Appenzeller, Beaufort Savoyard, Chevre, Comte, Aged Gouda, Gruyere, Montasio Mezzano, Parmesan Reggiano, Roncal, and perhaps the very best... Pecorino Toscano and especially Pecorino Stagianato. I could list another ten cheeses that match fairly well if that gives you an idea of the versatility of syrah and great cheeses.

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          Robert Lauriston Oct 2, 2007 09:14 AM

          The traditional match is ripe raw-milk French Munster with bone-dry Alastian Gewurztraminer. Firestone's is off-dry, so a very different wine.

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