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Cheeses for January Club Members...
Wensleydale with Cranberries
The Grandma Singleton's company was officially formed in 1934, although Duillia Singleton had been making cheese for many years prior to the start of their family company. Located in Longridge in Lancashire, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, the Singleton family has been making their cheese for four generations. Tilly Carefoot, the great granddaughter of Duillia is their current cheese maker. This delectable Wensleydale is made using pasteurized cow's milk and infused with cranberries. Aged a little over four months this cheese has a slightly crumbly texture yet creamy notes on the palate. Produced using veggie enzymes, the Cranberry Wensleydale has an almost dessert like sweetness. Enjoy this cheese with fruit forward red blends like this month's CMS from Hedges.
What's five months old, full of flavored and hails from the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland? Why our newest cheese find: Güntensberg!! Imagine 50 Bergmilch suppliers with their herds of beautiful Swiss brown cows nonchalantly grazing on lush green summer pastures with snowcapped peaks in the background. Seriously, how could these not be the happiest cows in the world?? And what incredible milk they provide for cheesemaker Reto Güntensperger for making his full bodied Güntensberg cheese!! Made from raw whole milk and traditional animal rennet, Güntensberg is similar in flavor profile to Appenzeller. Fruity, nutty, even buttery popcorn notes, Güntensberg is like having a fondue in your mouth. Try with any full flavored red wines for an incredible palate treat, especially like our Wine of the Month selection from Beckman Vineyard: Cuvée Le Bec Rhône-style red!
Named after the mountain pass in the central Pyrénées, on the French side of the border between France and Spain, Somport is a lovely raw cow's milk cheese. It can be aged anywhere from 2 to 14 months, however, our particular wheels are in that mid-range, aged just over 8 months. This gives the cheese a semi-firm texture and the beginning appearances of those wonderful “crunchy” calcium lactate crystals we all know and love. Made by a small co-op since the 1960's, this cheese is made with animal rennet and is not pressed allowing for a more rustic look and natural rind. Somport starts off with an elegant, mellow flavor and then builds with nutty flavors and hints of fruit. Enjoy a lush, full finish that pairs well with balanced fruit forward reds like the H.I.P. Merlot.
Cheese of the month members receive....
three wonderful selections equalling about a pound, tasting notes and shipped right to your door, who could ask for anything else.
(Cost is $35.95/month, plus shipping)
January Wine of the Month Selections...
Welcome one and all to our Wine of the Month Club first selections for 2017! As this is a celebratory start to the New Year, we are giving all of our members a treat…3 btls over the customary 2!! And since most of us are knee deep in the midst of winter, we felt that our January selections should be rich, flavorful red wines that will warm you up on a cold winter's night, offering comfort to a rich sumptuous meal, or a perfect companion to a fireside chat!!
2014 Beckmen “Cuvée Le Bec”
The Beckman family started their venture in the wine biz back in 1994, and have quickly become darlings in the business for both making their own wines, but also selling fruit off to other famous winemakers! While they have Cabernet & Chardonnay vineyards, what may be their specialty are their Rhône varietals: Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Counoise, Viognier, Marsanne Grenache Blanc. For our first Wine of the Month selection we're bringing you their Cuvée Le Bec, a blend of 50% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre, and 7% Counoise! Styled like the famed Châteauneuf-du-Papes of the Rhône Valley, Cuvée Le Bec is medium bodied, with meaty dark fruit flavors, spice and leather notes, and a long lingering finish. While this is a wine you can immediately drink, patience could be rewarded if you put some bottles down in the cellar for 10-15 yrs!! Perfect for any pasta, game bird or barbeque foods, this red would be a wonderful match with this month's G ÜN TENSBERG cheese selection for Cheese of the Month!
Our next two selections come from our friends Anne-Marie & Tom Hedges of Hedges Cellars, Red Mountain AVA of southeastern Washington. Tom got his start in the WA state wine biz back in 1986 marketing American wines to Taiwan. Then he, along with his lovely wife Anne-Marie, started to sell some Cab/Merlot blends to clients in Europe…and soon Hedges Cellars was born! With son Christophe, daughter Sarah and other family members working in the winery, the future for Hedges Cellars is well suited to the traditions of family farming, winemaking and promotion of their small slice of heaven in the wine world!!
2012 Hedges “CMS” Red Table
This tasty blended red combines Cabernet (50%), Merlot (44%) and Syrah (6%) into a smooth and balance wine that simply screams: DRINK ME UP!!! Dark ruby colored with aromas of plum, blackberry, and chocolate (more like cocoa powder versus smooth milk chocolate) along with spice . This fun red wine from the Hedges has both “old world” character (tastes of “terroir” with green olive and crushed herb notes) and “new world” body (a long supple finish) that can be either paired with foods, or simply served in a big glass while sitting by a roaring winter time fire!
2012 Hedges H.I.P Merlot
Our second wine from the Hedges family is a lovely and classic rendition of one of the world's most beloved grapes: MERLOT!! Made under the HIP (House of Independent Producer's label) the source of their Merlot fruit is the Bacchus vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA. Pretty plum/Bing cherry color greets your eyes. Scents of ripe berries, cherries float out of the glass and are mirrored on your palate. Soft and supple tannins allow this wine to trickle down your throat and warm your senses to that satisfying “ahh” reflective state. What more could you ask for? Enjoy this yummy wine with any of our Cheese of the Month selections…Happy New Year!
Wine of the month members receive....
Two wonderful selections with winery notes shipped out monthly.
W.O.M. two bottle sets
cost $49.95 + shipping.
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