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Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

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Monday
Nov222010

Thanksgiving Wine & Cheese Pairings with the Cheese Handler

Thanksgiving is just four days away! With all of the chopping and slicing, baking and roasting yet to be done, why not consider throwing in a cheese course--whether as a starter or as part of dessert--it's easy (read: no prep), delicious and goes great with wine! We were so enamored with the idea that we recruited our friend Paige Handler, the Cheese Handler, to pick out some tasty domestic cheeses for your Thanksgiving celebration, which we then paired with domestic wines. The results? Fresh pairings and wine selections that not only complement the cheeses Paige chose, but that have the potential to sing along with turkey and all the trimmings....

 

 

Just to recap, here are the pairings (all cheeses are available in SoCal at Joan's on Third; in NorCal try the Cheese Shop in Healdsburg, the Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley or the Milk Pail in Mountain View:

Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar with the Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XIX" Old Vine Red Blend ($23.99)

Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue with the Green & Red "Chiles Canyon Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel ($19.99)

Coach Farm Triple Cream with Gruet New Mexico Brut Sparkling Wine ($13.99)

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Reader Comments (2)

Yay! I love these posts.
November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan
Thanks, Meghan!
November 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterUncorked Blog Administrator

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