Perfect Pairings

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
Nicolau Farms
 Black Truffle Casiago — Modesto

St. Amant
 Tempranillo 2015 — Lodi
Fiscalini Farmstead
 Purple Moon Wine Soaked Cheddar — Modesto
Stuyt Dairy
 Mild Gouda Cheese — Escalon

Gianelli Vineyards
 Vermentino 2016 — Jamestown
Fiscalini Farmstead
 Bandage Wrapped Cheddar — Modesto

McManis Family Vineyards
 Rose of Pinot Noir 2016 — Ripon
Oakdale Cheese
 Mediterranean Gouda — Oakdale
Nicolau Farms
 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;
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