O’Brien’s Market wine buyer Tom Bender and cheese aficionado Joe Baird have put together the perfect holiday cheese board and wine pairing — all sourced from the 209 area!
When putting together a cheese board, Baird recommends choosing at least five cheeses from different categories such as soft, ripened, semi-firm, hard, and made from a variety of milks. Make sure to round out the board with seasonal fruits and nuts or chocolate.
It’s important to select wines that will complement the cheeses, said Bender, such as a dry, white wine with an aged, firm cheese and a spicy, dry red for a fuller flavor cheese.
Alicante Bouschet 2012 — Modesto
Black Truffle Casiago — Modesto
Tempranillo 2015 — Lodi
Purple Moon Wine Soaked Cheddar — Modesto
Mild Gouda Cheese — Escalon
Vermentino 2016 — Jamestown
Bandage Wrapped Cheddar — Modesto
McManis Family Vineyards
Rose of Pinot Noir 2016 — Ripon
Mediterranean Gouda — Oakdale
Apricot Chill Chevre — Modesto
For more information,
visit O’Brien’s Market at
4120 Dale Rd., Modesto,
839 W. Roseburg, Modesto
or 6331 Oakdale Rd, Riverbank;
or go to: obriensmarket.com