It has been a whirlwind week. My parents are in town for the holidays, and well, there were the holidays! So much fun was had by all. The highlight so far has been an overnight in Santa Barbara wine country. We visited Firestone vinyard for a tour and tasting - a nice intro to the area for the parentals. Turns out they were having a MASSIVE sale, and so Darling Dad will have a case of wine waiting for him upon his return home. The next day, we went to the little tasting room for Coquelicot, and enjoyed many tastes in their lovely garden area (don't hate on the Cali girl for her lovely Xmas weather...).
**Please note - the pic here is of Darling Husband at a wine tasting over the summer -the weather here isn't THAT great. Neither Darling Mom or Dad would consent to having their pics on the web.
Because I am the cheese head that I am, I packed a Camembert and a bit of Birkshire Blue into a bag for the trip with a ice pack and some crackers. As we sat down at the table for the first of three Chardonnay tastings, a Sauvignon Blanc tasting, I cracked out the Camembert. Perfect! Rich creamy cheese with rich oaky whites. We got distracted by the multitude of tastings, and were well into the reds, when Dad commented that he didn't really like a particular Cabernet. Remembering that everyone's taste buds are different, I didn't get defensive, but realized that it might be time to break out the Birkshire Blue! Nothing like a bit of tangy cheese to help you focus on the fruity flavors of a perhaps slightly tannic red (tannic wine is the stuff that makes your mouth feel like all the moisture has just been sucked out by a high speed hair drier - not particularly appetizing). It worked! Upon further reflection, Dad decided that he didn't mind the wine as much with the cheese. It is possible that he was just being nice, or that we were on tasting #7, but I think that there is definitely something to be said for the magic that happens to your tastebuds when you mix a little wine and cheese together.
Be it a cube of grocery store cheddar at a cheap art opening or a wedge of Camembert at a winery, or a left-over nugget of whatever cheese for a night at home with the hubby, it all tastes good! Celebrate the holidays or any day with a bit of wine and cheese! Two great tastes that taste great together. (I'll let your brain puzzle out which old marketing campaign that phrase comes from...)