Murray's French Double Crème Brie
This butter bomb is your excuse to go nuts—the pleasantly mild, exceptionally creamy wedge is just begging for your creative touch. Layer with apple slices, bake in puff pastry, and serve alongside warm caramel for an dessert beyond decadent, or spread on focaccia and top with roasted tomatoes and fresh herbs for a stellar starter. However you choose to show off your cheese-serving prowess, be sure to allow this luscious wedge, fashioned from fresh cow’s milk before developing a velvety white rind, to warm to room temperature for full unctuous potential. Balance all that butter with a sparkling white, like a fruity Prosecco or a crisp Cava.
Just the Facts
Cabernet SauvignonFull-bodied with no shortage of flavor. This grape is grown in almost every climate, which means lots of diversity across bottles.
Old World Cabernet: Earthy with aromas of leather, hay, and dark dried fruits. Sometimes a hint of eucalyptus or violet.
Pair with: Cheese with flavor that can stand up to this big wine. Alpine style cheeses like Comte or Challerhocker and some sweeter blues like Bleu d’Auvergne would make a good match.
New World Cabernet: Characterized by bold oaky flavors and high levels of tannins. These wines are about as full-bodied as you can get, very jammy with flavors of reduced fruit.
Pair with: Sweet clothbound cheddar or a Grana style cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or Podda Classico.
Lagers and KolschLager, Dunkel, Schwarz, Pilsner, Kolsch Ale
Lagers run the gamut from crisp, pale Pilsners to dark-malted Dunkels and Märzens. Flavors are typically approachable and mellow, a delicate balance of toasted bread, gentle sweetness, and mild hop bitterness for structure.
Pair with: Almost any firm, mild cheese like Tomme de Savoie or Landaff Creamery Landaff.
Wheat BeersWheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit