National Wine Day Pairings

National Wine Day is one of our favorite holidays—and it’s just around the corner on Monday, May 25. This momentous holiday also happens to fall at the tail end of American Cheese Month, and this year, it’s also Memorial Day. All the more reason to celebrate with some fantastic wine and cheese combinations from domestic makers. 

We’ve paired up some of the top wineries and cheesemakers around the country to pair their wares for this special day. Support these amazing producers (and stock up on wine and cheese) and raise a glass to these hardworking producers on National Wine Day! 

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You can also join us for a virtual New York State wine and cheese tasting party over Zoom on May 31, hosted by Shelby Hearn of Suhru Wines and Jessica Sennett, founder of Cheese Grotto. Buy your wine and cheese bundle by May 25th to join the tasting

Indiana: Tulip Tree Creamery, Indianapolis and Oliver Winery, Bloomington

Tulip Tree’s distinctive soft-ripened blocks are a rainbow of colors and flavor profiles. Pair them with bottles from this pioneering Midwestern winery. 

  • Trillium: Start your summer right by pairing this buttery, lactic triple cream with Oliver’s refreshing Sweet Rosé.
  • Foxglove: A crisp, dry white like their Sauvignon Blanc cuts through the rich texture of this double cream cheese, while its tropical notes play well with its washed-rind funk. 
  • Chicory Blue: For this mild, lush wheel dusted and veined with blue mold, reach for a bottle of their bright, approachable Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Missouri: Green Dirt Farm and TerraVox, Weston

    What grows together goes together—and this Animal Welfare Approved sheep dairy and 13-acre estate winery, both just outside Kansas City, complement each other perfectly. 

    • Dirt Lover: A dreamy sheep’s milk bloomy like this one needs a crisp, dry rosé like TerraVox’s oak-aged 2018 Saignee.
    • Ruby: Fudgy and buttery, this sheep and cow’s milk Robiola-style plays well with an aromatic white like their 2018 Traimnette, a bone-dry bottle with fruity, floral, and mineralic notes. 
    • Prairie Tomme: Delicate, balanced reds, like TerraVox’s 2014 Norton, shine alongside this rustic sheep’s milk wheel. Because the wine has a little age on it, it won't overpower the delicate nuttiness of the cheese.

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    Pennsylvania: Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs and Chaddsford Winery, Chadds Ford

    Chester County, the heart of the state’s artisan cheesemaking scene, is home to this small and mighty goat dairy as well as this pioneering Pennsylvania winemaker. 

    • Black Diamond: The dusting of vegetable ash on this cloudlike Valençay-style pyramid brings out the herbaceousness in Chaddsford’s 2018 Sauvignon Blanc—the classic varietal to pair with young French goat cheeses. 
    • Pepito: Shot through with black peppercorns, this earthy natural rind wheel softens the tannins 2016 Fusion, a full-bodied Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. 
    • Blue Velvet: The acids in this pungent, creamy goat milk blue strike a funky yet harmonious balance with the acids in Chaddsford’s 2017 Cabernet Franc, an earthy, spicy vintage aged for 13 months in French oak barrels.
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    Wisconsin: Uplands Cheese Company, Dodgeville and Wollersheim Winery, Prairie du Sac

    Just outside Madison, Uplands Cheese makes two of the country’s most lauded wheels, while Wollersheim produces award-winning wines and spirits. 

    • Pleasant Ridge Reserve: Made only from vibrant, grassy summer milk, this complex, nutty take on Beaufort can stand up to a medium-bodied dry red wine like Wollersheim’s Domaine du Sac.
    • Rush Creek Reserve: This decadent, dippable bar-wrapped wheel, only made with rich fall milk and sold around the holidays, pairs beautifully with the bright, fruity flavors in their Dry Riesling

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    New York: Lively Run Dairy, Interlaken and Suhru Wines, Cutchogue

    The Finger Lakes team up with Long Island for a cow milk cheese and wine pairing highlighting the best of the Empire State. Don’t miss our virtual tasting featuring Lively Run and Suhru on May 31st—click here to purchase your wine and cheese and reserve your spot! 

    • Shire: Pair this Gouda-style wedge washed in malty, dark Scotch ale with Suhru’s 2017 Merlot, made with grapes sourced from T’Jara Vineyards. 
    • Lake Effect Cheddar: Balance the nutty sharpness of this six-month-aged cheddar with a sip of zingy, fruity Rosé.
    • Sheldrake Moon: Lively Run’s supple goat bloomy shines brighter with a crisp, lemony white like Suhru’s signature Pinot Grigio.

    Want to get an expert lesson on pairing wine and cheese? Sign up for our virtual tasting on May 31st!

    Alexandra Jones is a writer, cheesemonger, and food educator who has been working with farmers and artisans in Pennsylvania for the past eight years. She has written for publications like Food & Wine, USA Today, The Counter, Civil Eats, Thrillist, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is one-third of the team behind Collective Creamery, a women-powered artisan cheese subscription based in southeast Pennsylvania. Alexandra leads cheese tastings and teaches cheesemaking classes in and around Philadelphia, and we are honored to have her on our team.

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