Wine and cheese pairing: Elegant pinot noir and Nettle Meadow Kunik

Nettle Meadow Kunik CheeseNettle Meadow Kunik, specially paired with Sea Smoke 2007 Pinot Noir

A blended cheese for a blended wine. Nettle Meadow Kunik also “tastes like elegance defined.”  It’s made from a blend of Jersey cow’s cream and goat’s milk on a small farm in upstate New York, north of Albany. Rich and creamy with a white bloomy rind, this kind of cheese is usually paired up with a bubbly white like Champagne. But I’ve recently been trying this type of cheese — when it’s younger — with finessed reds like this Sea Smoke Pinot Noir. There’s something magical about the fat and tannins, fruit and cream…yum. But make sure, for this pairing, that you score a young Kunik, since the older ones’ rind will change flavor and taste better with big whites.

There’s nothing like great wine, sumptuous cheese and maybe a little summer breeze. Give it a try!

Find where to buy this cheese on Nettle Meadow’s website

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