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Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairing

Grilled cheese and wine together? That may seem like an odd pairing, but in fact it can work quite well. Just as with all food and wine pairings, the main ingredients in your grilled cheese sandwiches will act as your guide toward the wine(s) that will work with them. Mild ingredients like goat cheese or mozzarella with greens or herbs? Choose a light white wine. More intensely flavored ingredients like cheddar or roasted peppers? Go red. Not only can grilled cheese and wine pairing be a tasty duo, it's also endlessly fun.

Presented at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
June 18 - 20, 2010
All recipes from my book Great Grilled Cheese

Dutch Grilled Cheese
The cheese: Lankaaster
Who makes it: Glengarry Cheesemaking, Ontario
The wine: 2008 Halter Ranch Cotes de Paso Blanc (Rousanne, Marsanne, Viognier blend)
www.halterranch.com

Salami & Cheese
The cheese: Ascutney Mountain
Who makes it: Cobb Hill, Hartland, VT
www.cobbhill.org
The wine: 2007 Alma Rosa "La Encantada" Pinot Noir
www.almarosawinery.com

Parmesan-Crusted Cheddar Grilled Cheese on Sourdough
The cheese: Silver Mountain
Who makes it: Bravo Farms, Traver, California
www.bravofarms.com
The wine: Justin Vineyards 2007 Savant (Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec blend)
www.justinwine.com

Chocolate-Hazelnut and Goat Cheese Melt
The cheese: Fresh chèvre
Who makes it: Avalanche Cheese Company, Basalt, Colorado
www.avalanchecheese.com
The wine: Broadbent 10-year old Malmsey (Madeira)
www.broadbent.com