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We are going to give a holiday bottle of tawny port to several of our close friends. What would be a great cheese to go with the gift?

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  1. Stilton.

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    1. re: penthouse pup

      Second the Stilton recommendation. Even though I'm a Ruby Port fan, Stilton is a wonderful cheese to pair with either Tawny or Ruby Port. (And in perfectly ripe pears, & you almost have a meal :) )

      1. re: Bacardi1

        . . . plus add in some crusty bread and some walnut halves and you do have a complete meal. One that my wife and I indulge in 2 or 3 times a month. Like a good Manchego cheese with port as well.

        1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

          Absolutely Stilton, but we roll with roasted chestnuts or whole nuts that have to be cracked as one eats. And sips.

      2. re: penthouse pup

        Thanks!

      3. I am a big fan of the Tawny Ports from two houses: Taylor-Fladgate and Porto Barros.

        Now, both go with bleu cheeses better, so it will depend.

        For general cheeses, I think white wines most often (at least for MY palate), and if I am going to be serving reds, will go with Manchego, Dry-aged Jack, etc.

        Still, a Stilton with a Tawny Port is an ideal, at least for me.

        Hunt

        1. ditto stilton

          1. I like Saint Agur bleu and Epoisses.

            1. I don't know that I'd go with Stilton at all! While Stilton is the classic choice for vintage Ports (and LBVs), Tawny Port has much more caramel character. A perfect "like-with-like" pairing would be 5yr aged Gouda...

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              1. re: jdwdeville

                Thank you all

              2. I don't think blue cheese is the optimum pairing for Tawny Port. The aged Gouda mentioned below would be a good choice, so to would an aged Comte or Gruyere.

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                1. re: ChefJune

                  Dry-aged Gouda is a favorite of mine, but, unlike some others, I do like my bleus, with Tawny. However, if French, I might opt for a Sauternes, in lieu of the Tawny Port.

                  Hunt