wine. I like crusty French baguettes—they’re
simple enough to not interfere with the cheese
flavors. Adding fruit will bring color and
dimension to your plate. Try Asian or Bosc
pears, blackberries, strawberries and figs.
It’s best to serve your cheese at room
temperature. Remove it from the refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes prior to serving for the
full flavors to be present. Whether you
choose three or four cheeses for a small
gathering or four to eight types for an open-house party, arrange your cheeses from mild
to strong and label each for your guests.
Moreover, you may want to serve each
cheese with its own knife.
You are now on your way to throwing a
great party. It’s time to send out the Evites,
peruse the fine cheese selection at Costco
and stop by the wine department. Why not
make it interesting by asking your guests to
bring their own favorite wine and cheese
combination? Either way, you will be with
family and friends, tasting through different
combinations to find out what pairings work
best for you.
Annette Alvarez-Peters oversees Costco’s
beer, wine and spirits program.
NOVEMBER 2013 ;e Costco Connection 77
Wine and cheese
are a wonderful match
for the holidays
By Annette Alvarez-Peters
IT’S THAT festive time
of year when party Evites
start to roll in and calendars fill up with holiday
gatherings. Personally, I
enjoy hosting get-togethers as much as I
like attending them.
Whether it’s for a small
crowd of six or a house
full of people, Costco
members will find a wonderful selection of
wine and a variety of cheeses available at
Costco to get the party started.
Similar to our fine wine department, we
have a fantastic selection of fine cheese from
around the world. Cheese and wine are made
for each other, and experimenting with different combinations is part of the fun.
Balance is the key
When choosing wine and cheese combinations, the goal should be to enhance the
flavor of both. Balance is key—one should
not overpower the other. Traditionally, white
wines pair better with mild or soft cheeses,
whereas red wine matches well with hard,
A classic pairing is a soft, creamy goat
cheese with fresh, tangy flavors and a lovely,
refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from New
Zealand or Sancerre. If you are in the mood
for a lighter-style fruity Beaujolais or a fruit-forward Washington state Merlot, a mild
sheep cheese is a particularly good match.
The nutty, fruity flavors of P’tit Basque complement these light wines perfectly.
Pairing a hard cheese, such as a Comte,
Cheese and wines from the same region
often form terrific combinations. For exam-
ple, a hard, dry Parmigiano-Reggiano, from
Italy, pairs magnificently with a rich, struc-
tured Brunello di Montalcino or a Barolo.
One of my all-time favorite pairings is
Manchego, a sheep’s-milk cheese from Spain,
and a Rioja Tempranillo with notes of earth
and minerality. For fun, try adding a handful
of Marcona almonds and jamón to this
Additionally, a chilled glass of French
Champagne is delightful with mild, creamy,
rich Kirkland Signature™ French Brie.
Additional delicious touches
To complete the setting, you’ll need a few
extras to go along with your cheese platter and
Wine and cheese at Costco
Kirkland Signature 10-Year-
Old Tawny Port, Duoro Valley,
Kirkland Signature Champagne
Brut, Champagne, France
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc,
Marlborough, New Zealand
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian
Wells Merlot, Columbia Valley,
Erath Pinot Noir, Oregon
La Montesa Crianza,
Costco carries a selection of ;ne domestic and imported cheeses
in all warehouses. You’ll ;nd these highly regarded wines that
match perfectly with them at select Costco locations: