Great Hill Farm Great Hill Blue
Great Hill Dairy makes one and only one cheese beauty: Great Hill Blue. They craft their rindless, clean-flavored blue in Buzzard Bay, 50 miles south of Boston, with unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk from their own Guernseys, plus Jersey and Holstein cows from neighboring farms. Inhale: toasty, salty aromas. Get ready for bright, acidic tanginess, with just a hint of peppery bite. Great Hill Blue's not shy about salt and zip. Crumbly and curdy, it shines melted on a burger or crumbled on a wedge salad. Or serve post-dinner with a Tawny Port or a fruity Icewine to curb all that brawn and bite.
Just the Facts
BourbonThink: Caramelly, crystalline cheeses have the strength to stand up to bolder booze. With sweet bourbon, these cheeses become almost like dessert.
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.
Porters and StoutsPorter, Stout, Imperial Stout
Welcome to the dark side of beer. Porters and Stouts are born of heavily roasted malted barley, which colors the beer and develops toasty flavors recalling chocolate, coffee, and chicory. Looks can be deceiving, though: dark doesn’t always mean strong. Porters and stouts can be incredibly light in body, or big boozy affairs that pour like syrup.
Pair with: A mild, creamy blue like Cambozola Black.