September 20, 2019

Wine and Cheese: The Perfect Pair

Wine and Cheese Pairings

5 Tips for a Perfect Pairing

1. Pair intense wine with equally intense cheese
Bolder, more intense, fuller flavored cheeses can stand up to the higher tannins of big-bodied wines. Wines with less than 12% ABV will taste better with a lighter, more delicate cheese.

2. Bold reds pair well with harder, aged cheese
As cheese ages, its water content decreases. As a result, its higher fat content contributes to a more intense and rich flavor that’s ideal for pairing with the higher tannin levels of bold reds. Think aged Cheddar, Manchego, Gouda or Gruyere with heavier wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec.

3. Match sweeter wines with salty, funkier cheeses
The sweetness in wines like Moscato or Port will help balance out the funk in washed-rind or blue-veined cheeses, making them taste creamier. Port and blue cheese is a very popular flavor combination.

4. Soft, creamy cheeses pair well with more acidic wines
Higher acidity acts as a palate cleanser for creamier, sticky cheeses such as Brie and Camembert. Sparkling wine, Viognier, Roussanne and unoaked Chardonnay are all great options!

5. Wines and cheeses from the same region will generally pair well together
Soil, climate and topography all affect the flavors of food and wine, so naturally, cheese and wine from the same region will often share complementary characteristics. Great examples include Chardonnay and Brie, or Chianti and Asiago.

Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine & Cheese Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon & Sharp Cheddar

Two classics that complement one another perfectly! The deep, complex flavors of a full-bodied Cabernet will draw out the bold flavors from sharp, aged Cheddar.

Champagne & Brie

A luxurious combination, Champagne’s crisp bubbles and higher acidity cut through the creaminess of a triple-cream Brie and enhance its buttery flavor.


Port & Blue Cheese

The perfect yin and yang balance. Port needs a powerful cheese to stand up to its residual sugars and higher alcohol content. Salty, nutty blue cheese is the perfect candidate to balance out this classic dessert wine. If you prefer white, try an off-dry Reisling with this bold, salty, tangy cheese.

Sauvignon Blanc & Goat Cheese

This fresh and invigorating pairing is perfect for warm summer afternoons. The zingy acidity of crisp Sauvignon Blanc is perfectly complemented by goat cheese’s fresh and clean flavor.

Wine and Cheese Pairings

Pinot Grigio & Fresh Mozzarella

Smooth and mild mozzarella will help enhance the earthy, mineral flavors of Pinot Grigio. In other words, Pinot Grigio is our favorite go-to for thin-crust Margherita pizza.

Chardonnay & Camembert

The acidity of Chardonnay cuts through the rich and thick texture of buttery and creamy Camembert. The more subtle flavors of the Chardonnay allow the flavors in the cheese to really shine. Another delicious option is Nicasio Valley’s Foggy Morning.

Merlot & Monterey Jack

The dry fruitiness of medium-bodied Merlot pairs well with creamy and mild Monterey Jack. This California classic has a nutty and slightly tart flavor that goes well with a lighter, fruitier wine.

Reisling & Feta

Sweeter Rieslings, in particular, make an excellent match for salty Feta. The natural sweetness of the wine nicely balances out the saltiness of the cheese! A more dry Reisling will be better off with fresh and creamy ricotta.

Zinfandel & Hard, Washed-Rind Cheeses

The bold dark-fruited flavors of a full-bodied Zinfandel pair well with stronger cheeses such as Parmesan, Asiago or Pecorino.

Wine and Cheese Pairings

The Final Touches...

Looking for more delicious additions to your cheeseboard? Try some of these tried and true favorites:

Apricot, Pistachio & Brandy Crisps
Give these crisps a smear of a thick, creamy cheese like the Crescenza from Bellwether Farms or the Foggy Morning cheese from Nicasio Valley Cheese Company.

Olive Oil & Sel Gris Flatbread
These flatbread crackers are perfect for dipping into softer cheesers such as Point Reyes Blue Cheese or any of the goat cheeses from Cypress Grove.

Sausage
Fra'Mani's artisan sausages pair excellently with fruit-forward red wines (try the Spanish-influenced Piccante with Tempranillo!). Take the pairing to the next level with a Parmesan or the Carmody from Bellwether Farms. For a full-bodied wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec, try this salami sopressata from Olympia Provisions with a flavor-packed cheese such as Aged Cheddar, Gorgonzola or Pecorino. When in doubt, you can always add in some prosciutto or pancetta.

Fresh-Baked French Baguette
Who doesn't love a fresh-baked baguette straight out of the oven? This organic loaf has a crisp, crunchy crust and a light, fluffy center perfect for pairing with any of your favorite cheeses.

Nuts
Roasted and salted almonds will add the perfect crunch to any cheeseboard. For a sweeter option, try these Whiskey Spice Walnuts!

Honeycomb
We love pairing sweet honeycomb with strong pungent cheeses such as funky blue cheese or fresh pecorino to really enhance the flavors.

Mixed Fig Jam
Spoon some of this jam into a bowl to be enjoyed with a creamy cheese like Brie, Camembert, or Chevre.

Olives
We love fruity Kalamata olives with a fruit-forward wine like Pinot Noir, which can also stand up to your favorite bold cheese. These Castlevetrano Olives pair well with sharp cheeses and dry white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.

Wine and Cheese Pairings

How To Add Farm Stand Products to Your Delivery:
CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 10 pm, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery.

Not part of our farm family? Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood. You can even get your whole office in on the fun with our office snack packs. Find more information about our office deliveries here.

August 29, 2019

Office Lunch Inspiration

Adult Lunch Inspiration

The back-to-school shopping is done, the supplies are secured, and the school forms are (hopefully) signed. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our back-to-school lunch ideas. But don’t worry – we didn’t save all the good ideas for the kids! As the little ones get back into their routine, it’s important to get back into your routine as well. We know how easy it is to go out for a quick bite on your lunch break or to grab some chocolate from the office candy bowl as a snack. Not only is packing your lunch likely to be healthier, but it will also likely save you money! Brown bag lunches definitely don’t have to be boring and we’re here to help you spice it up.

Adult Lunch Inspiration

How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Mornings can be crazy and hectic, and that's why we love easy breakfasts that can be prepped the night before. For a simple and delicious treat, try layering yogurt with fruit and granola. Layering the granola on top will help keep it fresh and crunchy. For an added bonus, you can drizzle on honey or maple syrup or sprinkle on some dried fruit, nuts or wildflower bee pollen.

Adult Lunch Inspiration

Looking for something that's even more on-the-go? Try our prepared overnight oats made by Mush. They come in three different flavors, wild blueberry, vanilla bean and decadent dark cacao, and they don't contain any added sugar because they are naturally sweetened with dates! Plus, each container even comes with a cute little spoon. You can take these to the next level by mixing in fruit, granola or muesli, or nut butter.

Adult Lunch Inspiration

When in doubt, you can always grab a breakfast bar when you're on your way out of the house. Rest assured, these aren't your typical sugary bars. Perfect Bars were started by a family in San Diego that began blending real, natural ingredients in their blender. ReGrained bars are made from the beer grain that is produced during the beer brewing process. Tosi's SuperBites are made using a recipe that has been fine-tuned over the past 16 years, and they're high in protein and fiber so they really pack a punch. Every time you purchase a bar from This Bar Saves Lives, your sending life-saving food to a child in need. So regardless of which you choose, these breakfast bars truly raise the bar.

Adult Lunch Inspiration

When lunchtime rolls around, we're typically ready for something healthy and filling. These caprese skewers are delicious and so easy - just stack basil, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. For an extra burst of flavor, drizzle on some balsamic vinegar. We love a classic sandwich for lunch and Farm Fresh To You has you covered with sliced bread, organic sliced cheese, antibiotic-free and no-hormone-added lunch meats, and all of your favorite condiments. Prefer a vegetarian option? Try using hummus and add some sliced bell peppers for a satisfying crunch. To top it all off, refreshing sparkling water flavored with real fruit juice is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Adult Lunch Inspiration

This lunch spread is designed for the snacker. Fresh fruit provides tart sweetness while rosemary and olive oil flatbread bites bring a savory flavor you'll love. We love mixed nuts as a filling snack and hard-boiled eggs are the perfect supply of protein. Plus, we take the work out of it with these prepared eggs from Peckish. They even come with fun seasonings for sprinkling or dipping.

Adult Lunch Inspiration

Some other fun snacking ideas include lunch meats, cheese bites, tortilla chips, mini cookies, superfood bites, sunkin seeds and jerky. Make your own grazing box filled with all of your favorites!

Back To School

Of course, we couldn't write a post about lunch ideas without including veggies. We love having raw veggies in the office that don't need to be cooked. It's super easy to put together, and you can get the prep work out of the way ahead of time by cutting your vegetables at the beginning of the week and storing in airtight containers in the refrigerator. We have a variety of delicious dips in our online farm stand that are perfect for veggies, but some of our favorites include guacamole, garlic mint yogurt, spinach artichoke almond dip and jalapeno tofu spread.

Adult Lunch Inspiration

Still looking for lunch ideas? Check out the ready to eat section of our online farm stand for pre-made soups, refried beans, quinoa mixes and other delicious snacks and meals that just need to be heated up!

How To Add Farm Stand Products to Your Delivery:
CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 10 pm, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery.

Not part of our farm family? Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood. You can even get your whole office in on the fun with our office snack packs. Find more information about our office deliveries here.

Summer's End


Farm News Photo 1

Farm News 

Our first planting of heirloom tomatoes is nearing the end of its season. Seeded in the greenhouse in January, these tiny transplants were tucked into the field in March and have been producing fruit since June.