Wine and Cheese Party by Coach Farm

Wine and Cheese Party by Coach Farm

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If I have learned anything in all of my years of cooking and entertaining, it's that people love a good wine and cheese pairing. If you're a wine lover, you probably love cheese too. I refuse to believe that one can exist without the other. I had some friends over recently to sip some vino and nosh on the special cheese I had delivered from Coach Farm in the Hudson Valley. If the concept of ordering cheese for a party is new to you, I respectfully ask that you give it a try. Not only is it a huge time saver, but it's also fun to say things like "oh it's a peppercorn blend I got from the Hudson Valley". People will think you're fancier than you really are.

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Clockwise from top: peppercorn pyramid, soft goat cheese, triple cream

We had a standard soft goat cheese, a triple cream goat cheese, and a peppercorn blend goat cheese. Oh, did I mention that this was all goat cheese? Probably should have. Here's how the cheeses were received by my friends and I:

Fresh goat cheese button: thick yet soft, mild flavor with that classic tang. Great for spreading on crackers and salty pita chips.

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Spreadable goat cheese sits nicely next to cheddar..

Triple Cream goat cheese disc: similar to Brie, this cheese was very mild and buttery with an edible rind – it paired well with the Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. This cheese also happens to be the winner of the NASFT Awards for "Outstanding Cheese or Dairy Product".

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Triple cream on left, peppercorn on right

Peppercorn goat cheese pyramid: I'll be honest, at first I didn't really like this one. I took a piece on it's own and it was so strong and peppery, I thought it was overpowering; later on though, my friends were loving it, so I tried it again. I put a piece on a cracker and chased it with a nice sip of Barbera. Success! Apparently a strong cheese needs a strong wine to hold up to it.

Now don't get me wrong, I still had a place for other cheeses like cheddar and parmiggiano reggiano, but I had no clue goat cheese was so diverse! According to the friendly folks at Coach Farm, their goat cheese pairs well with beer too. Hmmm…do I smell a beer and cheese pairing party?! For more info on Coach Farm, visit their site at www.coachfarm.com. And to place orders, click here for the online store.

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For those of you who are wondering what types of wine we served, ranging from most expensive to least: Rutherford Hill Sangiovese from my trip to Napa, a Muscardini Barbera and Pinot Gris from Sonoma County, Cabernet Sauvignon from Pindar in Long Island, and Flip Flop Pinot Grigio. 

 

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