Friday, December 11, 2009

Pairing and Free Wine Demo!

Stop by the Chicago French Market on Saturday 12/12 from 3-6pm for a wine tasting. Lawrence Mawby will be there pouring some of his delicious Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir. Sam Simpson of Good Harbor will also be there pouring some of his Trillium and Fishtown White.

We've got a really special pairing this week. Queso de la Serena and Illahe Gruner Veltliner. Queso de la Serena is a big, full flavored sheep's milk cheese from Spain. What makes this soft, creamy cheese unique is that it is made with cardoon thistle rennet which only enhances the cheese. Full flavors of roasted lamb and grassiness with a buttery smooth texture that can't be beat!

What to pair with such a big cheese? Jan has got the answer! From Illahe vineyards in Oregon we are pairing their Gruner Veltliner with the Queso de la Serena. This medium bodied wine has great chalky mineral notes with a bit of pepper and white grapefruit. The fruity aspects in the wine help bring out the fruity and milky qualities of the cheese. Try them both together at any of our three locations this weekend.