Cheese Cupid Pairing: 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc


by Cheese Cupid


With summer a mere month away, you can almost see yourself laying out at the pool, soaking up the warm noon sun while enjoying this week’s pairing – a glass of sauvignon blanc and semi-soft Wisconsin Cheeses.

The 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc from The Ojai Vineyard is a rather exclusive vintage – it is a low-crop wine. Wine from a crop with a lower yield tends to be more powerful and of superior quality, thus this sauvignon blanc vintage has stronger aromas, is more tannic and is at its best when aged.

Pair this noteworthy wine with semi-soft Wisconsin Cheeses for a pleasant balance. Couple it with Grass Point Farms Monterey Jack, Edelweiss Creamery Dill Havarti or a young Blaser’s Valley View Cheddar.

Grass Point Farms, located in Thorp, Wisconsin, is operated by a team of organic farmers whose mission is to provide consumers with hormone-free, antibiotic-free and pesticide-free cheeses that are comparatively higher in nutrients than other cheeses. They achieve this through their grass-fed, certified organic pasture cows, and all of their cheeses are sold under the Wisconsin Organics label. One of their most versatile cheeses, Monterey Jack is part of their growing line of cheese styles. Monterey Jack is a semi-soft, creamy, slightly tart cheese. It is often flavored, though Grass Point Farms keeps their ingredients at a minimum. They also produce a Pepper Jack Cheese.

Havarti, a milder version of German Tilsit, is a buttery, slightly acidic cheese. Because of its smooth texture and subtle taste, this cheese is also often flavored with herbs and spices. Located in Monticello, Wisconsin, Edelweiss Creamery is well recognized for their Swiss and Havarti cheeses. Edelweiss Creamery Dill Havarti and the Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc is a distinctive pairing.

Blaser’s Valley View Cheddar is one of a newly established line of hormone-free cheeses by Blaser’s Premium Cheese Company. This Cheddar is produced with milk from the Hastings Cooperative Creamery Company – a 90-year-old, 140-farmer cooperative. A younger and softer Cheddar, Blaser’s Valley View Cheddar is a perfect complement to the complex Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

A fantastic Dill Havarti Popover recipe would be perfect for any of these semi-soft cheeses and a glass of sauvignon blanc, or simply relish the cheese, crackers and a glass of wine while relaxing on your porch, watching a cool spring sunset. Enjoy!