2010 Heidi Schrock Gelber Muskateller $25.99
Also known as Yellow Muscat, Gelber Muskateller is a central European variant on the more famous and flowery Muscat a petits grains, (or Muscat Canelli). Not as delicate or made in a sweet style here, this wine offers irresistible floral aromas and bright grapefruit flavors. Quite rare as the grape tends to be problematic; susceptible to rot and often giving very low yields, so very little Gelber Muskateller is even planted. Randy and I ran across this wine while at a trade tasting, one featuring many of Austria’s most revered estates and this wine was the one that stole the show for me. Because of the wild floral aromas and intense citrus, grapefruit flavors this wine can be difficult to pair with food and we often recommend it be served as an aperitif, but with the right cheese? Brilliant!
Somerdale Farms Black Mountain
A mature Welsh Cheddar that has been enhanced with white wine, garlic and herbs this big flavored and rather creamy cheese has been a store staple for many years now. Softer than your average Cheddar, the cheese is nearly spreadable in texture which gives it the most delightful mouth coating richness. The wine, garlic and herbs are explosive and the most dominate flavors for sure. A great cheese plate cheese, shamefully good on a burger and down-right perfect with very aromatic wines like German Riesling, or say something like an Austrian Gelber Muskateller. A very cool pairing and one that will feed the inner wine and or cheese geek in us all.