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Wine Pairing

Wines: 2018 Foxglove, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California
Regularly $16.99, Special Price $14.44

Cheese: Jasper Hill Cellars Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Greensboro, Vermont
Regularly $25.99/lb, Special Price $20.79

One of the fun parts of this line of work is the opportunity to try some pretty esoteric and unusual wines. You’re looking for Pineau d’Aunis from the Loire? We have multiple offerings. You like Gamay? We have plenty including Gamays from France, Oregon, and Slovenia. In short, we’re super-fortunate to have the kind of clientele that allows us to carry such weird and wonderful wines alongside the more well-known wines of the world. But every now and then we get the thirst for something classic or something familiar, which brings us to this week’s offering from Foxglove, their Cabernet Sauvignon.

Foxglove is a winery started and run by twin brothers Bob & Jim Varner with the intention of producing terrific wines from the Central Coast that show superb quality and great varietal character while still being very approachable to nearly every budget. One would be extremely hard-pressed to find a California Cabernet that offers this kind of satisfaction and wine drinking pleasure than this. Loads of Black cherry and plum notes mingle with subtle undertones of fresh tobacco, licorice and sweet spice. Beautiful aromatics greet you and silky, fine-grained tannins lend a very smooth finish. Sometimes you just want a really good Cabernet and we think this wine checks all the boxes. A burger off the grill with a thick slice of cheddar on top would be outstanding with this wine… or maybe just a wedge of sharp cheddar.

The details: More than 94% Cabernet with a smattering of Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc grown around Edna Valley on loamy soils. Vines are an average of 20 years old with elevations ranging from 900 to 1,000 feet of elevation. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tank but aged in a combination of tank and oak barrel.

This cheddar has a delicate balance of sharpness, slight nuttiness, and a caramelized, nearly candied sweetness. It has a firm, slightly crunchy paste that’s never waxy, and unfolds with layers of toasted nut and cooked fruits. Produced from the pasteurized milk from a single herd of Holstein cows, this cheese is aged from 12-14 months.

We think the Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon will be perfect for this refined cheddar. The dark fruit and spice notes of the wine will bring out the caramelized nuttiness of this cheese making them a perfect pair.