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]