…Liquor Mart, where I wasn't even in the wine department. I sold cheese. By the way aged Gouda and Corton Charlemagne is a must try. I mean the Gouda that is crystalized, which only comes at 5-7 years of age. I digress. $ 75 dollars was a big deal back in the day so this was a major treat. What I normally drank was more of the humbler appellations. Macon, Santenay (there was a white Santenay, I don't remember what it was, that I must have sucked down a case at $ 14 a bottle), …
2012 Binyamina Yogev Aromatic Blend NIS 52 ($15) 88 points
The 2012 Binyamina Yogev Aromatic Blend is a semi-dry (which is slightly sweet) white wine blended from French Colombard ( 45%), Gewurztraminer ( 40%) and Muscat of Alexandria ( 15%). The French Colombard and Muscat Alexandria grapes are sourced from grower Dror Eliraz 's vineyards at Moshav Lachish …
…across the street and alongside the vineyards, yet the tasting room, with wood paneling and plates of Gouda set out on the bar, invites you to relax. There are more tables outside on a gravel patio — the vineyard gets most of its visitors in the summer, including traffic from the Jersey Shore, about an hour away.
The Dutch Gouda (beautiful city, by the way) seems to me perfect to go together with a white wine from Alella. However, the Gruyere is ideal when accompanied by a Sauvignon Blanc ( Chile, if you like powerful flavor or New Zealand , if you prefer a more floral touch).
Foods: smoked ribs, brisket, smoked Gouda
Aging: American oak, 24 months, unfiltered
Aging Potential: 3-5 years
Serving Temperature: 65°
Residual Sugar: 0.2%
Total Acidity: 5.9 g/L
Pork & Pancetta Stuffed Mushrooms
recipe adapted from Anne Burrell
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch dice …
Chicken and Gouda Couscous
Welcome the warmer weather with a cold dish. Celebrate the longer days by inviting a few friends over for some good food and wine. Don't know what to make? Fret not, I found the perfect little recipe that tastes great served cold or warm. This recipe for, vegetable, and Gouda couscous is so fast and easy to prepare, you'll have plenty of time to catch up with your guests. Made with Canadian Gouda, it's the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy and will be sure to chase away any remaining winter blues.
…Touches of leather on the finish. The tannins have mellowed from what I imagine was a fairly strong young wine, leading to a glass that is mild and refreshing. Incredible depth and a great price makes this wine highly recommended.
Though I sampled this with sliders topped with red onion marmalade and smoked Gouda, I do think that the most perfect pairing would come from roast lamb aggressively studded with garlic and rosemary.
Note: This wine was received as a sample.
…immediately with hunks of fresh local Boeren Oplegkaas (farmer's artisan 2+ years aged Gouda) and local Oude kaas ( Gouda aged 10-12 months just to turn creamy to hard). Even better wine shopping exists just a few storefronts down at De Wijnwinkel at Runstraat 23. The shop efficiently packs a very smart inventory into an extraordinarily tight footprint. I grabbed some of this and Kracher Zweigelt Beerenauslese…
Port Cured Boneless Braised Beef Short- roasted beet, mascarpone polenta, walnut &
Thunder Oak Gouda - fig & filbert, cranberry chocolate sour dough
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…usually the aged cheeses which possess the most umami, like a fine Parmesan or aged Gouda.
The diversity of Sake also contributes to its versatility. There are dry Sakes with high acidity which work well with smooth goat cheeses or similar soft, spreadable cheeses. A fresh, bright Namazake would work well in that situation too. An earthy Kimoto or Yamahai, rich in umami goes well with aged cheeses, or even the strong flavors of a blue cheese. Or try an aged Koshu Sake with such …