Sparkling wine goes well with many cheeses, because the bubbles cut through the creaminess. Here, some wine and cheese selections that the Cheesewhizzes sampled at a recent party.
Five excellent sparkling wines from Europe and the U.S.
Bottle to Try: Refreshing, citrusy NV Caposaldo ($15)
Bottle to Try: Toasty, lemony NV Pierre Gimmonet 1er Cru Cuis ($52)
Cremant D'Alsace (France)
Bottle to Try: Elegant, fresh, strawberry-scented NV Allimant Laugner rosé ($19)
Sparkling Wine (California)
Bottle to Try: Apple-and-fennel-flavored NV Scharffenberger Brut ($19)
Bottle to Try: Herbal, pine-scented NV Avinyó ($19)
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All cheeses are sold at Napa's Oxbow Cheese Merchant, oxbowcheese.com.
Flavor Notes: A mild, rich sheep's-milk Robiola from Piedmont
Preféré des Montagnes
Flavor Notes: A tender, buttery cow's-milk cheese from Jura, France
Flavor Notes: Bright pumpkin in color, this French cow's-milk cheese is sweet and salty
Vella Dry Monterey Jack
Flavor Notes: A wonderfully sharp hard cheese from Sonoma
Canut Mahón Marques
Flavor Notes: A slightly tangy, Spanish cow's-milk cheese
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