What's Included In Our Monthly Club Selections...
Cheeses for September Club Members...
This “5 Mile Cheddar” is sure to tantalize your taste buds for five miles and beyond! Westcombe Diary is a small artisan dairy that started in 1890 and is located in east Somerset, England. The dairy pride themselves in making traditional cheddars and West Country cheeses sourced from their own heard of cows (making them a farmstead creamery). The recipe for their clothbound cheddar has been around for over 100 years and is now protected by the European PDO status. The Westcombe Cheddar is a raw Holstein-Friesian cow's milk clothbound cheddar aged for 11-18 months giving it a firm, structured texture. Made using animal rennet, even the cheddaring process (cutting and folding over the curds) is still completed by hand. This old world cheese making style gives this cheese a deep nutty flavor with hints of caramel and is the reason the Westcombe Cheddar was dubbed the “5 Mile Cheddar”. Also look for notes of citrus and a sharp cheddar tang to the finish that makes this cheese a delectable pairing with bold red wines.
Truly a cheese fit for a King, legend has it that Bethmale Vache was favored by King Louis VI. Made by Jean Faup since 1904, Bethmale Vache is a pasteurized cow's milk cheese from the Pyrénées. Named after the village where it is made in the Couserans region of the Comté de Foix in France, this cheese tackles the sweet and savory all in one bite. Semi-firm in texture, Bethmale Vache has pea sized holes similar to that of a classic Swiss style cheese. Aged between 2-3 months and made using animal rennet, the aromatics of this cheese comes from the daily brine brushing and turning each wheel undergoes. Nutty yet floral on the palate, Bethmale Vache can make a unique take on a grilled cheese sandwich. Treat yourself like Royalty this month by pairing Bethmale Vache with a layered Pinot Noir like this month's wine selection, Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvée from Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Blue Daisy Pecorino
This pasteurized sheep's milk cheese has been made by the Fratelli Putzulu Diary for 25+ years on a farm in Siena (the heart of Tuscany). Unlike aged pecorinos from this area that are sharp, salty grating style cheeses, Blue Daisy is a true pecorino fresco. This cheese is aged for 30 days and has a springy, semi-soft texture. Mild yet sweet on the palate, this cheese has soft floral notes that make it the seamless addition to any fruit and cheese plate. Made using traditional animal rennet, Blue Daisy is sure to accentuate the pit fruit notes of a Riesling, especially our local selection this month from De Tierra.
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)
Wine for September Club Members...
2013 De Tierra Riesling La Estancia Vineyard
Although there are plenty of domestic Rieslings out there, the De Tierra's version will captivate the palate. This dry and refreshing Riesling is the perfect sip to round out the end of summer. Our local appellation the Santa Lucia Highlands, is known primarily for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but every once in a while the growers play with different varietals like Riesling. The La Estancia vineyard has five clones of Riesling that Di Tierra combines for a delicious bottling. The aromatics of this wine jump out of the bottle with perfumed floral notes. Truly a generous expression of the Riesling grape varietal, this wine has a balanced acidity that portrays the softness of white peach and nectarine followed by the acidity of lemons and oranges that make this wine truly slide across your taste buds. Smooth and bright on the mid plate, the finish leaves you pining for more. The De Tierra Riesling is a great wine paring with many different seafood dishes. Also try this wine with the floral and round qualities of a young Pecorino cheese like this month's Blue Daisy Fresco from Italy.
2013 Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvée
Saddle up and ride down to beach with this tasty selection from Grochau Cellars! The light and uplifting earthy aromatics of this Pinot Noir make every taste last the whole commute. Grochau Cellars was founded in 2002 when John Grochau set out to find vineyards in Oregon that used sustainable farming techniques. His wine making philosophy is simple; intervene as little as possible and let the fruit speak for itself. Don't let the light color fool you, this wine is bursting with complexity. The Commuter Cuvée shows ripe cherry and cranberry on the palate with earthy, mushroom and floral aromatics. Truly a graceful representation of Pinot Noir from Oregon. The elegant nature of this wine is not over powered by the use of new oak. A perfect match with Tomme de Savoie or Bethmale Vache, both classic French cow's milk cheese. It is a suitable match for a mushroom risotto dish. The Commuter Cuvée is also the perfect fuel for a bike ride.
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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Upcoming Events 2015
Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival
August 29th - September 13th
The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Set in the lush island paradise of Hawai‘i, the fifteen day Festival features a roster of over 80 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival in Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Honolulu, and Ko Olina Resort will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.
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