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Great 28 Pairings: Natural Wine


Natural wine is many different things, with an ever-evolving definition. The bullet points everyone can agree on include organically-grown grapes, minimal filtration, no added sugars, colorings, or sulfites, and absolutely no lab-cultivated yeasts. Die-hards maintain even more rules, such as stipulating the grapes must be hand-picked, but this is where the natural wine umbrella gets […]

Great 28 Pairings: Blueberries


Behold the mighty blueberry: a food often lauded as one of the healthiest fruits in the Western diet. Blueberries have been cultivated as both food and medicine by Indigenous tribes in Northeastern America for centuries, and became commercially popular soon after their domestication in the early 20th century. Chock-full of antioxidants, blueberries have been said […]

Great 28 Pairings: Rauchbier


Smoked beer is often brushed off as a gimmick, but its origins are decidedly functional. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, malted grain for beer was dried either in direct sunlight or over an open flame, resulting in a smoky flavor no matter the beer style. But with the advent of Daniel Wheeler’s malt-drying drum kiln […]

Friends in Ferment


If you want to get along with someone, you need something in common. Fortunately, nibs and curds share not only an abundance of flavor, but the very source of that flavor: fermentation. Both chocolate and cheese are the result of what many affectionately call “controlled rot,” and you can’t make either without bacteria and time. […]

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 […]

5 Cheese & Cocktail Pairings To Try While It’s Still Summer


When it comes to pairing cheeses with beverages, cocktails aren’t usually the first (or second) choice that comes to mind, which is a shame in my opinion. A well-made cocktail is every bit as complex and food-friendly as wine or beer. With the craft cocktail culture thriving, it’s easier than ever to create pairings that are sure to please.

How to Pair Wine and Cheese


With these five guidelines (and a little creativity), you’ll be a wine and cheese pairing expert in no time.