Need help with a wine & cheese party [Moved from Los Angeles Area board]
Hi fellow chowhounds!
I'll be throwing a wine & cheese party this weekend and i need some suggestions for the wine. I will be serving various cheeses (brie, havarti, gouda, smoked mozzarella), salami, pepperoni etc. as well as some dips and finger foods (spanakopita, mini quiches, sausages). I want to have some good value wine that's a bit off the beaten path (e.g., from different regions of the world like Chile, S. Africa). Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!!!
For the salami, pepperoni, spanikopita, mini quiches, and sausages I like Champagne or, less expensive, maybe a good Prosecco. All of those also work with Beaujolais. Also, all would work with a fuller-bodied dry Riesling or (Tokay) Pinot Gris.
The Brie may pair best with a Graves or other lightly oak-treated SB or SB/Semillon blend. Havarti may go best with a Gruner Vetliner. Gouda pairs with Pinot Gris. Smoked mozerella could go with a Riesling
First you ought to explain to folks what you mean by good value. many view a world class wine at $35 a 'good value'.
An example is the recommendation to Graves, really not thought of as a good value wine by most.
Second, as you say, all you want is some wines. The idea of pairing wines at a party such as this is a bit precious, IMO.
Third, if what you want is some wines from different regions, well ...?
I, like the responder above, hesitaete to suggest certain labels, simply because what is available in my locals are not necessarily wines available in yours. We must keep in mind the fact that a company such as wine access lists 35,000 wineries in their incomplete database.
Chile is no longer off the beaten path in the wine world. New York state still is. I think Oregon has fallen off the radar a bit. Noting the suggestion of Gruner Veltline, I would say that Austria remains the road less traveled and Hungary even less. In France look to the southern regions of Provence for a different rose and the Languedoc for a jolly red or two. Spain is the hot ticket in abrgain Euro wines, but Portugal makes more than just fortified wines. If you want to get far off the beaten path, see if you can find any Indian wines.
If you're in LA, please go to SILVERLAKE WINE.
They have been my beacon of light when it comes to showing me that great wine doesn't have to be expensive when you choose from off the beaten path.
They have som amazing wines as low as $9.50 that can easily fit your cheese-needs.
You can call ahead, I would suggest asking for April-she is amazing with quick suggestions when you answer a couple of questions...what do you usually like/dislike in a wine, what cheeses, what budget.
Be adventurous! Have fun!
BRIE: Chardonnay... fair also w/ Rioja and Zinfandel
HAVARTI: Chardonnay, Rioja, Pinot Noir
GOUDA (Young): Riesling, Cabernet, Merlot
GOUDA (Aged): Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet, Merlot, Rioja, and especially nice w/ Syrah.
If I might suggest a few other matches that are particularly impressive:
CHEVRE: with just about anything, Chardonnay, Cab, Rioja, Pinot, Syrah, Zin... but particularly Sauvignon Blanc.
EMMENTAL: w/ Riesling and Gewurztraminer
GRUYERE: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Rioja, Syrah
PARMESAN REGGIANO: Chardonnay, Rioja, Pinto, Syrah, and especially Cabernet, merlot, and Zinfandel
PECORINO: w/ Riojah and Syrah
PROVOLONE VAL PADANA: Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, and especially Cabernet
ROQUEFORT: Great w/ Zinfandel, ethereal w/ Sauternes....