November 9, 2015 – Certified Sommelier Leslee Miller here! As we ramp up for the holiday season, I’m here to help with one of my favorite (and most delicious) holiday traditions: wine and cheese pairings. For an unforgettable holiday soiree, treat your guests’ palates to any of the below pairings!
Chaire Blanc de Blancs & Brie
Looking for the ultimate cheese and wine pairing? Try a glass of our sparkling Chaire Blanc de Blancs paired to Specially Selected Brie Cheese Round for an impeccable blend of nuts, caramel and perfectly ripened apple flavor. Creamy butterscotch and savory apple combine to remind us of the all-time favorite flavor combination of a caramel apple.
San Zenone Bianco & Ricotta
Pair the fresh clean, green apple flavors of our San Zenone Bianco with a recipe that includes our Happy Farms Preferred Ricotta Cheese – like our Ricotta Toasts with Pistachios & Honey. Fresh, yet creamy – the combination of flavors makes for a pleasant, sweet surprise!
Broken Clouds Chardonnay & Gouda
While we’re sure that the brown butter, toasty popcorn and creamy pineapple notes of our Broken Clouds Chardonnay will already make this wine one of your ALDI favorites, when you combine it with Specially Selected Gouda cheese, you’ll be hooked. Rich and tangy, soft and velvety – all in one bite. The combination of these deliciously nutty flavors will have you wanting only one thing…more!
Fog & Light Pinot Noir & Cranberry White Cheddar
Our Happy Farms Preferred Cranberry White Cheddar makes for an ideal centerpiece to your cheese board because of its unique nutty flavor and cranberry sweetness. Pair it to our Fog & Light Pinot Noir and you’ll be the talk of the party. Dark cherry fruit and bits of earthy spice highlight the fresh cranberry flavors, while coupling perfectly with the nuttier side of this holiday cheese.
Dove Creek Cabernet & Blue Cheese
Sharp and salty, juicy and velvety – a duo that combines to make one savory concoction. We love the dark berry, smoky, raspberry sides of the Dove Creek Cabernet, but even more so when merged with the distinctive flavors of our Happy Farms Preferred Blue Cheese Wedges. Dark and juicy meets its perfect match in this delectably sultry pairing!
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Leslee Miller is a dually certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is the sole owner of wine consulting firm, Amusée, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.