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July 25, 2021 | Holiday Guides, Recipes, Seasonal Favorites, Wine Pairing Recommendations | Adirondack Winery Staff

Ultimate Adirondack Winery Wine & Cheese Pairing Guide

Are there two things that go together better than wine and cheese? We don’t think so! Sunday is National Wine & Cheese Day, and here at the Adirondack Winery, we have endless yummy combinations for you to get your wine and cheese fix!  Here are some of our favorite pairings, tips and must-haves for creating a delicious wine and cheese tasting at home, so you can celebrate the Adirondack Winery way!
Our favorite simple cheese plate!
How to prepare your Cheese Plate: 
For a classic cheese plate, we recommend at least 2 cheeses, something sweet, something savory, something crunchy and of course, wine! Try to choose wines that are not too bold, but will complement the flavors in your cheese plate. We recommend Adirondack Winery Barrel Aged Chardonnay and Baco Noir.  Both of these wines are easy drinking and have refreshing, earthy qualities that will enhance the variety of flavors of cheese.
Here's our favorite simple cheese plate set-up:
  • Lowville Producers Cheese Stores Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • Nettle Meadow Apple Cider Fromage 
  • Wine-Infused Jelly
  • Kimmy's Krakkers (Fig & Kalamata Olive are AMAZING!) 

Take it a step further with these popular pairings:

Soft Cheese (feta or goat cheese): we like Nettle Meadow Chevre
  • Prospect Mountain White - the fruity peach in our prospect mountain white is a nice foil to a soft tangy goat cheese or feta. 
  • Dry Riesling - The zesty, fresh, spicy notes of this dry white wine will cleanse your palate nicely after a grassy, rich cheese like feta or goat cheese.
Rich, nutty, cheese (brie, swiss, parmesan): we like Nettle Meadow Kunik
  • Barrel Aged Chardonnay - Aging in oak barrels has brought out the rich, buttery notes of this delicious NY Chardonnay which stands up to the rich, nutty intense flavors of a cheese with these same qualities.
  • Pinot Noir - Pairing a medium-bodied, red that has buttery toasted oak tones with a rich, nutty cheese will enhance the fruit notes in the wine. Our Pinot Noir is the perfect red for this!
Crazy for Kunik? Try this recipe
Mild melty cheese (mozzarella, Mexican cheeses) 
  • Cabernet Franc - The peppery notes and smooth flavor profile of our Cab Franc makes this a great red to pair with dishes featuring melty mild cheese (think lasagna, tacos, pizza etc). 
Smoked Cheeses (gouda, smoked mozz): we like Lowville Producers Cheese Stores Gouda
  • Gewurztraminer - The sweet aroma of our Gewurztraminer, followed by the tart apricot flavors pair nicely with a young or smoked gouda.
  • Baco Noir - This oaky, smokey medium-bodied red has soared to popularity at our Tasting Rooms. Its notes of blackberry and plum a touch oak and of spice, make it a versatile wine that pairs well with complex, smoky cheeses.

You can count on these wine & cheese tips too:

Cheddars and similar sharp "English" cheeses
Swiss, Gruyere, and the equivalent 
Blue cheeses
  • Pair with sweet, fine dessert wines are traditional, but you can't go wrong with Rieslings, or your favorite Adirondack Winery fruit-infused wines. These also work nicely with dry reds, but be careful about tannic reds like Cabernets, which sometimes lead to an odd metallic taste with blue cheese
Ripe, creamy cheeses like Camembert and Brie Rich


Wine & Cheese Pairing Must-Haves:

Adirondack Winery Wine Picnic Cooler BagWine & Cheese Pairing Wheel – No more guesswork ... spin this wheel to pick the perfect cheese to go with your bottle of Adirondack Winery wine. You'll find a white, red, and dessert/sparkling wine suggestion for everything from Asiago to Taleggio and everything in between. Available online or in-store.

Adirondack Winery Picnic Cooler Bag – You can pick up some chilled wine and cheese at our Lake George Tasting room along with this fully insulated cooler. Nice and roomy with plenty of space for wine, cheese, snacks and more, this picnic bag comes neat and organized with corkscrew, cheese board and a knife! Take a nice lakeside walk and have a relaxing picnic by the water in Lake George Battlefield Park. Don’t forget stemless plastic tumblers for you wine too! 

And to read more about the science of wine and food pairing, check out this fascinating blog post from Wine Cellar Innovations. 



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