From squeaky fresh to surface-ripened, cave-aged or bloomy rind – the never-ending range of Wisconsin cheese varieties aren’t always simple to navigate. Add in beverage pairings and you’ve got a lot of options and decisions to make. But you don’t need to face the pairing puzzle alone – our Cheese Cupid app has an expanded library of pairing possibilities to guarantee you’ll make the right choices while you’re entertaining this holiday season.
We’ve added seven new cheese varieties to the app, giving you a total of 28 Wisconsin cheese options to pair with. Drink options have grown as well, incorporating eight new beer varieties, three new wine options and two liquor additions – bringing you a total of 38 beverages for plenty of pairing potential.
To get you inspired, here are three new pairings we’re loving for the holidays:
An interesting hybrid of a cheese, cheddar blue blends the nutty richness of cheddar with aromatic and earthy blue cheese. Bold flavors work best with other bold tastes, making scotch ale a perfect companion. A malty aroma and assertive caramel notes bring out the complexity of the cheese.
With a mild taste and slightly chewy texture that squeak when you eat them, bite-sized cheese curds are hard to resist. Wash a handful down with a carbonated and fruity hard cider for a refreshing and unique combination of salty and sweet.
Softer than cheddar and with a higher moisture content, colby plays well with medium-bodied, fruity malbec. This pairing is a safe bet for all taste buds and cuisines.
Use Cheese Cupid and put your pairing knowledge to test by entering to win giveaways all season long on the Cheese Cupid Facebook page. This week, your entry could be chosen to receive a gorgeous Boos Block Cutting Board, a cheese slicer and $50 worth of Wisconsin cheese. To enter, take a photo of the beverage you would pair with buttery Wisconsin gouda, share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter* tagging #CheeseCupid and you’re in the running! The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 14, and announced on the Facebook page.
Plus, if you haven’t downloaded the Cheese Cupid app on your iPhone or Android, now’s the time. When you use app on your device you can sign up for our Cheese & Cheers Holiday Sweepstakes, giving you a shot at winning $3,000.
*Post/account privacy must be set to public to qualify. For full Sweepstakes details, visit www.CheeseCupid.com.