New York State White Cheddar 6 months
It's no secret- New Yorkers love cheese, especially cheddar. Heck, we've even got a museum dedicated entirely to the cheese of New York State - and this hunk of sharp, grassy goodness, full of the same spunk and sass that defines a native New Yorker, serves as an edible monument to the centuries-long history of Empire State cheese. Crafted from the pasteurized cow's milk of family farms in upstate New York, our New York State Cheddar is chosen especially for its balance of sweet, milky umami and piquant, bright bite. Try it alongside a New York State apple, nestled between two slices of white pullman bread for a classic grilled cheese, or on local Z crackers smeared with Brooklyn-made mustard as a perfect accompaniment to your Central Park picnic. Thirsty? Pair with a local Brooklyn Brown Ale or a glass of Cabernet Franc from the Hudson Valley.
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Just the Facts
ChardonnayThis wine is all over the map – literally! Flavor varies widely depending on where and how it’s made.
Old World Chardonnay: crisp and minerally, with flavors of apples and roasted pears.
Pair with: Fresh or bloomy rind cheese, like Delice de Bourgogne
New World Chardonnay (USA, warmer climates): richly buttery and oaky, heavy notes of vanilla, brown butter, and tropical fruits.
Pair with: Slightly stronger cheese like sweet Tickler cheddar, or a mild washed rind.
Oxidized Chardonnay: When Chardonnay is intentionally exposed to air it is “oxidized.” Common in the Jura mountain region, this wine is almost sherry-like with spicy, nutty flavors.
CiderBrie and apples, cheddar and apples – both delicious! Why not extend that deliciousness to apples in liquid form? Enjoy cider and cheese for a pairing to remember.
English style: drier, more like a beer, with nice acidity.
Pair with: Just about anything but we love it with firm natural rind cheese, like Landaff.
Basque/Normandy : barnyardy and funky, but still with a little sweetness.
Pair with: A beefy washed rind, like Grayson to contrast the sugar and bring out the funk.
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.
MerlotA smooth and medium-bodied wine with a more rounded flavor than other reds. Dark fruits are present but with minimal tannins and no noticeable spice.