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Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Tara Q. Thomas is the Executive Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine and the author of the second edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine Basics.

Calling All Blues


For a cheese with such a stinky reputation, blues are incredibly accommodating when it comes to drinks. This realization came to me this summer as I was travelling to Northern Germany, where the average grocery store shelf holds a wide variety of fruit and vegetable juices. As an American, I went somewhat bananas, thrilled with […]

Put Down the Grater


It’s time to pair Parmigiano Reggiano with drinks.  There’s Parmigiano Reggiano, and there’s Parmigiano Reggiano,” says Dino Borri, the Italian-born, New York–based VP of Global Partnerships for Eataly, an expansive food hall with six locations in the US. Between its restaurants and retail cheese sales, the store goes through several 85-pound wheels of the cheese […]

Teleme drink pairings

Teleme Drink Pairings


Teleme, a funky, creamy cheese hailing from the West Coast, finds its perfect beverage pairings with coffee, wine, gin, and more.

Wine with Cheese: Limburger Makes a Comeback


Long dismissed as a “stinky” cheese, Limburger shines with these wine pairings.

Wine with Cheese: Cozy Khachapuri


This Internet-famous Georgian cheese bread is a natural match for the country’s white wines.

spanish manchego

The Best Spanish Wines to Pair with Manchego


Manchego’s inherent Spanish-ness makes it an excellent excuse to delve into the world of Spanish wine.

Wine with Stilton

Four Wines to Pair with Stilton


If there’s a cheese deserving of a course all on its own, it just might be Stilton. In the UK, an old custom advises slicing the top off a wheel and upending a bottle of port into the paste, where it slowly drains through the fissures for two or three weeks. Yet even with a […]