Around the World ~ Wine & Cheese Pairing ~ SPAIN

  • April 23, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Our member, Feriha Hasanova, is the Owner of The Wild Raspberry in Cromwell.  She has invited us to experience the pairing of fine cheeses from Spain with Spanish wines.  Special thanks to Eileen F. for her help and guidance with our wine selections. 

Feriha, Eileen and I will continue to bring you new tastes from around the world.  May 22 - Italy, June 18 - Greece, July 17 - United States, Aug 13 - Australia, Sept 17 - Switzerland, Oct 16 - Germany and Nov 12 - International. 

Due to the costs of the quality cheeses and wines we are presenting, future tastings will be $23.00 Prepaid.  When you RSVP, you will be asked to confirm your spot with your payment.

We will not have a pairing in December and will resume again in January of each year.  Each months events will be posted after the conclusion of the current event.

Come relax after work and experience cheeses from France with a pairing of French wines to match. 

We will have 4 cheeses and 3 wine selections representing SPAIN for this evenings pairings ~

1.  Drunken Goat - This is a young cheese created in 1986  by Murcian cheese makers. Murcia is a region on Spain's  Mediterranean coast.  The cheese is soaked in Doble Paste wine for 48-72  hours and then is aged for 75 days.  Doble Pasta red wine is twice as thick  as other red wines.  The rind of the cheese (which is edible) is violet,  the paste is bright white, it is semi soft with mild, sweet milky and grapy  taste.  We are pairing this cheese with Vina Sol.

2.  Manchego - Made in La Mancha Region,  its Spain's most  famous cheese.  Cervantes mentions Manchego in Don Quixote, but the cheese  has probably been around since Roman times.  Under DO (Denomination of  Origin) regulations the milk for the cheese must come from the Manchega sheep;  the milk maybe raw or pasteurized and the only additives permitted are  rennet and salt.  The cheese must be aged for at least 60 days,  but could be aged up to two years.  Manchego is easy to recognize  by its zig-zag pattern on the rind.  Tradionally it is served cut in  triangles with quince paste.  We are pairing it with Ibericos  Rioja.

3.  Mahon - One of the few cow's milk cheeses from Spain.  Actually the cheese  is made on the island of Minorca (one of the Balearic Island).  The rind of  Mahon is rubbed with butter or olive oil and paprika which gives it the  yellow-orange color.  Tradionally Mahon is served sliced, sprinkled  with olive oil, black pepper and tarragon.  This cheese also paired  with Ibericos Rioja. 

4. Cabrales - This classic cheese is made in the town of  Cabrales in Northern Spain.  According to DO regulations, it maybe be made  from cow's milk or a mixture of cow's, sheep's and goat's.The milk must come  from herds raised in the Asturios area in the mountains of Picos de  Europa.  Unlike other blues which are injected with penicilium mold spores  Cabrales is cured from the outside; the cheese is placed in limestone caves to  cure and its turned by hand until the blue-green mold have permeated the  body of the cheese.  The flavor of Cabrales is sharp, assertive and  salty. To cut down on the sharpness and saltiness of the cheese.  We are pairing this with sweet Moscato.

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The Wild Raspberry not only carries fine cheeses from around the world but a large assortment of gift baskets, cookie bouquets, fondue kits, coffees and teas from around the world.  Unique gift ideas are unlimited at The Wild Raspberry and custom gift baskets are their specialty. 

Join the Wild Raspberry's monthly cheese club and the cheese of the month will be shipped in dry ice directly to your door.  Sign up for their mailing list as well.  Info available the night of event. [masked]

http://www.thewildraspberry.com/

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  • Katie

    As usual I had a good time talking with old and new friends, trying new cheeses (yum!), and tasting New wines. Very well put together. Thanks to all who planned and helped out. Feriha, I love your shop.

    April 24, 2014

  • Dennis

    A very nice casual and friendly gathering and well organized, a big thank you to Ellen, Feriha and helpers. The wine and cheese tastes were sooo good! I discovered my favorites and one I'm not so fond of, thus the purpose of a tasting. I hope I can make it to the Italy tasting.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Jim

    Gracious host, excellent pairing of wines and cheeses, good group of people and--once again--the clockwork execution of the master organizer, Ellen Foster. Great job.

    1 · April 24, 2014

    • Kathy

      I am so disappointed I missed it!

      April 24, 2014

  • Gloria

    Good selections, nice get together and group of people

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Rob P.

    Great job guys, as always!

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Vicky

    Eileen and Feriha, great selections.
    Ellen, once again, thanks for a great mid-week event.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • laurie z

    a lot of fun mingling with people have not seen in years !

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • John

    What a well planned event and a very warm and friendly group of people! I had a very good time. Ellen, you are a natural born event leader!

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Mary E.

    enjoyable evening

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Charlie

    Still feeling under the weather with a nasty cold, so I decided it was better for me to cancel this time.

    April 23, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      Get better, we miss you. You missed a great night.

      April 23, 2014

  • Jean

    Ellen
    I got your message too late about availability for this event - I texted u at the number you have me and hope you got my message !!

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      I did, thanks Jean.

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This one will be hard to top. Such great conversation and delicious cheese and wine. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make such fun event

    April 23, 2014

  • Dennis T

    well organized for the amount of people there.

    April 23, 2014

  • Ellen F.

    We have 3 openings for tonights Wine & Cheese pairing. We'll be tasting wines from Spain and cheeses from various regions of Spain as well. Text or call me if you would like to join us. [masked]

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, just saw that I was on the list. Out of town so hope to make the next one.

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, made plans with my daughter.. Hopefully, someone else can take my spot. Might be able to make the daffodil festival after the Danbury hike this Sunday tho'...

    April 23, 2014

  • Kathy

    Hope to be back to normal for Saturday!! What a fun day is in store. Ellen can you add me for the next months tasting? Thank you! See you then and I'll pay my dues to you also.

    April 23, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      Sorry. You will have to RSVP once it's posted as it will be a prepay next month.

      April 23, 2014

  • Elaine

    Sorry I had to drop out. Had something come up I couldn't cancel. Will make it next time.

    April 23, 2014

  • Christina

    Sorry to have to cancel. I won't make it back from Boston in time.

    April 23, 2014

  • Kathy

    I had to change my RSVP to "no". I have been sick with the flu and hoped to feel better. Still can't taste anything and I was so looking forward to the Spanish wines and cheeses.

    April 23, 2014

  • Wanda

    I had to change my RSVP to "no" last night, unfortunately, but fortunate for someone else to have my spot.

    April 23, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      Thanks so much for the heads up, much appreciated.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeah! Thanks fot sqeeking me in tonite

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Ellen F.

    Members - Please check your schedules to be sure you can attend. If you have any conflicts, change your RSVP to no as we still have members on the waitlist. I have added some that were on the waitlist that didn't attend last months event. We will limit this in the future to 40 but I know we always have a little fallout and a few no shows on the eve of the event, therefore I've added a few members. IF you were a no show (didn't change RSVP to NO or didn't comment or contact me) for this event previously, you won't get into this one. If you plan on being on no show for tomorrow night, you won't be allowed in next months event. Please act accordingly! Thank you all for your understanding.

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi I know I'm on the wait list but if a spot opens up at the last minute I would like to go but I have jury duty so no cell service except at lunch. Keeping fingers crossed.

      April 22, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      message me your cell phone number and I'll text you. Mine is[masked]-2800. If not, I'll see you Friday night and wine and Chilean chocolate tasting. :~)

      April 22, 2014

  • Barbara

    Just saw that I made it off the wait list but only after I made other plans. Maybe June will work out for me. Have fun everyone!

    April 22, 2014

  • Cindy

    I am sorry I cannot go, something unexpected came up.

    April 19, 2014

  • Marabeth

    I definitely would like to go to the May event, but I don't see it posted yet.

    April 18, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      I don't post the next months event until a day or two after the current one. Keep your eye out as it will go faster than the last one did.

      April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I work on Wednesdays but these wine tasting parties look like so much fun. Any chance of trying a Tuesday or Thursday ? If not I will be there in the summer!

    April 17, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      May's pairing will be on a Thursday and then we will switch between Wednesdays and Thursdays through November.

      April 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, good! Great idea. Wondering if I missed the notice for the May tasting, or whether you've posted that one yet. I get so much email that I miss some of the event postings...

      April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I do have a class that night, so have to bow out, sigh... Have a great time, all!

    April 17, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      Thanks for the update Julie. Atleast you were able to experience the first one.

      April 17, 2014

  • Dennis T

    This event is definitely the toughest ticket in town. Glad I was able to get aboard...........

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • Ellen F.

    Members ~ This seems to quite the popular new event. If for any reason you can't attend, please be sure to cancel and change your RSVP so another member can experience this wonderful evening.

    April 12, 2014

  • Bruce

    I very much enjoyed the March event. Unfortunately, I will be out of town on business for the next event. Feriha, excellent presentation! Enjoy. Cheers!

    March 27, 2014

  • Jim P

    Sorry I have a Rock Cats game that night

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Ellen F.

      Jim I have info on them so I hope to put a group outing together. Do they have weekend games? Call me after 8 tonight.

      March 27, 2014

  • Marabeth

    Hope you have another. Would love to come, but have previous sommitment.

    March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    ok, this is a provisional "yes" as I MAY have a class that night. I will absolutely update it if I can't attend so someone else can get the spot - ok, Ellen?

    1 · March 27, 2014

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