Wine and Cheese Pairings

Reimagining Mary Art Show

Wine and Cheese Pairings

Join in the celebration with us so it won’t be just another zoom call!

October 30th at 7 eastern – Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/4402216382

Questions? Email me at artfulspirituality@gmail.com


Prosecco and Delice de Bourgogne 

What fun is a celebration without the bubbly?

  • I discovered Prosecco in Italy last year and just recently learned about Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine. These are both very affordable – a party in a bottle! And they go with everything, but I recommend crossing the Alps for…
  • Lincet Delice de Bourgogne, a rich and creamy decadent triple-cream cheese from France. Made from cow’s milk, this cheese is part of the Brie family and is buttery, mushroomy, smooth, tangy and soft.
  • Delicious with salted walnuts or almonds to balance the slightly sweet bubbly! 

Rioja and Manchego

This complex red wine and rich cheese is a perfect pairing to go any discussion of Mary, who, as I hope to show you, was a complex, strong woman!

  • Rioja is Spain in a glass of red wine. Aged for a short time in oak, this bold wine is complex and velvety with a fruity, cherry finish.
  • Pair with 6-month aged Manchego – it’s dense and rich sheep milk cheese from La Mancha region of Spain from Manchega sheep. It’s mellow and creamy with a slight piquancy.
  • Add a bowl full of ripe green olives for the total Spanish experience.

 Sancerre and Goat

Many are familiar with goat cheese, but the flavor really pops when paired with Sancerre, a French white wine made in the Loire Valley.

  • Sancerre is a white wine with refreshing flavors including lemon, lime, elderflower and some grassy notes. You may also detect a flinty note in this dry, austere variety. Enjoy Sancerre when it’s young, fresh and reasonably priced, or pay for additional complexity that come with 10 or 15 years in the cellar.
  • We found some yummy, creamy goat cheese in our recent visit to Vermont – made by Vermont Creamery, of course. Roll one of their logs of Classic Chèvre Goat Cheese in fresh chopped herbs or pistachios.
  • Spread the goat cheese on Ginger Snaps for an unexpected mash-up of spicy crunch and tangy-tart smoothness.

Pinot Noir and Gruyere

Ok, I get it.  We will be celebrating on a Friday night and maybe you aren’t looking for a challenge.  Maybe your relationship with Mary is just fine, thank you and you aren’t interested in challenging your image of her.  You are just here because you love me or are related to me and I told you that you have to show!  Then, this may be the wine for you. Step away from the usual cabernet sauvignon or merlot and choose…

  • Pinot Noir is a red wine that is delicate, light, smooth, unassuming and deliciously pleasing, words that could describe all I was taught about Mary. I recommend the Pinot Noir from Mission Grove (2018).
  • Cave Aged Gruyere from Switzerland – this hard cheese is amazing melted; it’s nutty with an earthy aroma, and ties right into our discussion of Blessed Mary, the mother all of us here on earth.
  • Top some crusty slices of warm French baguette with the Gruyere and let it melt slightly in a warm oven.
These are amazing wines that are reasonably priced, but feel free to ask your local purveyor of wine for her recommendations.  Pick a new cheese that intrigues you.  Many of these wine and cheese selections can be found at Whole Foods or any place where foodies shop.
I challenge you to try out something new, just like my paintings challenge you to reimagine Mary anew.  Why not?