Below are the Dessert Wine and Cheese tasting notes from Surfas Sommelier, David Rozansky. This class was held in the Surfas Test Kitchen on March 28th, 2009.
WINE: LAVE CAP MUSCAT CANELLI
CHEESE: BOUCHERONDIN GOAT CHEESE
The whole reason this pairing works so well is not only the contrast of sweet and salty, but the acidity of this high altitude wine with this specific goats cheese. The acidity cuts through the barnyardiness of the goat’s cheese, while the sweetness brings out the creaminess.
This wine is also the perfect pairing to spicy foods, such as blackened Big Eye Tuna.
WINE: ZACA MESA LATE HARVEST VIOGNIER
CHEESE: DELICE DE BOURGONE
I adore this pairing. Delice is slightly pungent, salty and has the consistency of cake batter, I then drizzled it with white truffle honey and served it with a varietal that has the nose of a big bouquet of flowers. It is magnificent. You taste it and your mouth cries “This must remain in my life forever!” It layers salty, creamy, sweet, floral and in anchored by the sublime earthiness of white truffles.
WINE: VOUVRAY DEMI SEC
Vouvray from the Loire Valley in France is amazing. The French never create a wine by mistake; they always pair well with food. The varietal Chenin Blanc, is off dry and creamy on the palette. It also has excellent acidity. Grayson on the other hand is a meaty, slightly stinky, creamy washed rind cheese. After eating this cheese, you take a sip of the Vouvray and slightly gurgle it as it aerates in your mouth. The salty pungency of the cheese is replaced with honey, tart apples, apricots and honey suckle flowers.
WINE: FOUR VINES ZINFANDEL PORT
CHEESE: SMOKY BLUE
Finally the dessert, of the dessert wine tasting. Four Vines Zinfandel Port from western Paso Robles is a lower alcohol port made from the best Zin grapes California has to offer. It reminds me of a chocolaty boysenberry pancake syrup when served with this cheese. The smoky blue, is tart and salty, with a smoked cheese finish from having been cold smoked over hazelnut shells for 15 hours. The layering of flavors is mind blowing, as if the cheese and the port exist only for each other’s benefit.