a nice wine
Could someone suggest a nice red wine for a gift for my friend at christmas im making a basket whichincludes wine and idontknow much about red wines../of course i would love a nice cheese rec also.
Are you in Toronto? A lot of your posts are on the Montreal board.
Either way, I suggest you go to a good cheese shop and ask the staff there for advice for a suitable cheese based on your budget and your friend's taste. Once you've chosen your cheese, the staff there will very likely have recommendations for a wine pairing. Or you can go to a wine shop or good lcbo store and they may be able to recommend a pairing (or come back here and let us know what kind of cheese you ended up with).
Here are a few cheese shops in Toronto -
Cheese Boutique – Etobicoke
Leslieville Cheese Market – Queen East http://www.leslievillecheese.com
La Fromagerie - College
Scheffler’s – St Lawrence Market
About Cheese – Church, Yonge
Alex Farm – Danforth, Bayview, etc
Thin Blue Line - Roncesvalles http://www.thinbluelinecheese.ca
I had two bad experiences of late at the Alex Farms on Danforth. I ordered a Riopelle, and then a Calvados Camembert, only to find they were both stale. I usually taste before I buy, but was in a hurry the first time, and bought a wheel of the Camembert. I understand that the stores have been franchised. About Cheese on Church Street is my new fave. On the wine pairing, a simple rule of thumb is to choose cheese and wine from the same region.
Maybe as a very general rule of thumb. I tend to agree with Beppi Crosarial's position that sometimes long-distance pairing works better (see his artical at link). For instance, I'd rather have an amarone with epoisses, as he suggests, than a Burgundy where the cheese is made. I'd prefer port with stilton than, um, whatever wine is made in central England.
try the Henry of Pelham Baco Noir, it's great. any nice Niagara pinot noir would be v. drinkable and if you can find an '07 then grab it. La Fromagerie on College near Oss has a good cheese selection.