Sally and I attended a wine and cheese pairing class at Village Vino this week. I'm pretty sure I'd flunk a test on what was taught, but our experience was proof that classes can be a fun way to learn a few new things, meet cool people, and drink great wine.
Our class was facilitated by Village Vino's own Rita Pirkl and cheese expert Mary Palmer. We tasted eight wine and cheese pairings, and were seated at a table with seven other participants so we could discuss our reactions to each one.
Here were the pairings:
- NV Villa Sandi Prosecco paired with Brillat Savarin
- NV Over the Moon Sparking Pinot Noir paired with Ewephoria
- 2011 Domaine Girault Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc) paired with Bucheron
- 2011 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc paired with Chabrin
- 2010 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Pinot Noir paired with Zamorano
- 2010 Cervantes Mt. Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Fiscalini 18-month bandaged cheddar
- NV Nierport 10yr Tawny Port paired with 5yr vintage Gouda
- NV Quinta do Noval "Black" Ruby Port paired with Bleu de Auvergne
They were all expertly paired, and I did manage to learn a few things. For example, hard cheese generally works better with reds while softer cheeses generally pair better with white. And, there are actually some really good cheese and port pairings!
More important, our experience was a great reminder that classes can be a lot of fun. If you are in San Diego, check out Village Vino's advanced wine and cheese pairing class on January 22.
Talk to someone at your local wine shop or wine bar if you'd like to know more about classes in your area. There are also a lot of email newsletters that advertise local wine events. In San Diego, we're big fans of The Juice.