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)