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Wine Pairing

Wines: 2014 Grilos Red Blend Reserve, Dao, Portugal
Regularly $11.99, Special Price $9.99

Cheese: Tomme St. Georges, French Alps
Regularly $19.99/lb, Special Price $15.99

This week’s featured wine received 90 Points and a Best Buy designation from Wine Enthusiast. It’s a blend of Aragonez (aka Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, the main grape in Port, and Jaen, called Mencia in Spain. The Dao is home to some of Portugal’s best reds. It owes much of it’s current success to major changes to the regions winemaking philosophy from cheap bulk wine to a modernized system of lower production, higher quality, wines.

“A concentrated blend of Touriga Nacional, Jaén and Tinta Roriz, this is a rich wine, spicy and densely textured. It has concentration to balance the broad black fruits and acidity. Age this wine for a year and drink from 2017.” 90 Points, Best Buy, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

Tomme Saint Georges is a French, semi-soft, sheep’s milk cheese aged 3-6 months. This washed-rind cheese’s name comes from the small town where it’s made, Saint Georges, tucked away in a French region largely known for its medieval castles. Its paste is moist and creamy. Its flavor profile reminds me of a sauce or bisque made from sweet cream, chives, and leeks. You might pick up on some breadiness.

Consider pairing it with bolder wines, like this week’s featured wine, and beers along with prosciutto, honey or dried fruit.