We were so excited to find out we were going to participate in this virtual tasting, our first wine and food pairing virtual experience. Since Lodi has a long history of wine making and a bounty of cultures from around the world, the plan was to pay tribute to the old and new world influence in the region by showcasing two imported and two California cheeses at the virtual gathering. Curated by Lodi’s own Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger and owner of Cheese Centraldowntown, this promised to be an amazing evening. The tasting was co-hosted by Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, and talented Lodi winemaker, Jeremy Trettevik of Jeremy Wine Co - it's always great when the winemakers participate!
Wine and Cheese Pairings:
2012 Estate Crush Albariño (SRP $18) paired with Tetilla cheese from Central Lechera Gallega in Galicia, Spain - very mild cheese taste, nice firm rind with softer edge; cheese added a grassy flavor to existing citrus notes.
2011 Fields Family Wines Estate Syrah (SRP $22) paired with Old Amsterdam from Westerland in North Country, Holland - nice firm texture with slight crunch; nutty flavors great foil to black cherry and earthy notes.
2011 Jeremy Wine Co. Costa Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (SRP $28) paired with Midnight Moon from Cypress Grove Chevre in Acata, California - initial crunch leads into pleasant creaminess and buttery flavor, a counterpoint to strong smoky dark plum notes of the wine.
2010 Viñedos Aurora Petite Sirah paired with Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar from Fiscalini Farms in Modesto, California - tart and nutty flavors of this cheddar smooth the peppery notes and balance the dark fruit flavors of the wine.
Really a fun virtual tasting - hope we'll see more of these food and wine pairings! We've participated in several virtual wine tastings with Lodi Wine and search out their wines when shopping. This is a wine region with a variety of quality tastes. If you're not drinking Lodi Wine yet, definitely search some out, you won't be disappointed.
Disclaimer: These wines and cheese were provided as media samples.
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