Pairing Wine and Cheese – Gorgonzola

October is American Cheese Month — a time when we celebrate delicious and diverse cheeses and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers and chefs who bring them to your table. Here at The Little Nell, we celebrate local cheese by serving cheeses from the Avalanche Cheese Company, made in nearby Basalt, and we also love to pair cheese with delicious wines.

We asked our wine team to share their favorite cheese/wine pairing suggestions in honor of Cheese Month, so we’ve be posting their thoughts/pairings here. We hope you indulge in a wedge/bottle soon!

Jonathan Pullis, Wine Director and Master Sommelier

Colorado pears are amazing right now!  One of my favorite ways to enjoy them is by making a gorgonzola cheese and pear sandwich and eating it with an off-dry white wine (meaning they have a small amount of residual sugar but not enough to be considered sweet). 

Whether it be Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett from the Mosel River Valley in Germany or Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec from France’s Loire Valley, the kernel of sweetness and high-acidity make for a great combination.

And the old adage “what grows together, goes together” certainly applies in the central vineyards of France.  The chevre is some of the finest in the world and pairs perfectly with Sancerre.

Happy drinking (and eating).


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