Celebrate the Holidays with Bridlewood® Wines and the Perfect Artisanal Cheese Platter

Dec 20, 2012, 10:09 ET from Bridlewood Estate Winery

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The weather outside may be frightful, but the right artisanal cheese and wine pairings can make any holiday gathering delightful for your guests.  By following these simple guidelines, pulling together a delicious artisanal cheese platter and pairing it with a selection of Bridlewood's handcrafted wines can be one of the simplest things on your to-do list this holiday season. 

"Contrast your tastes and textures by offering a variety of cheeses," said Lindsey Jessup, Bridlewood Wine Ambassador and cheese and wine pairing expert.  "By balancing the variety of flavors you'll have a dynamic and complete holiday cheese plate that can be the perfect complement to your wine selections."

Jessup recommends a selection of four cheeses to build a crowd-pleasing and wine-friendly cheese plate: 

  1. An aged, hard rind cheese
  2. A soft-ripened cheese
  3. A blue cheese
  4. A mild cow's milk cheese

Personal preference plays a large role in all wine pairings but there are a few basic fundamentals that can help take your fromage selections to the next level.  Consider the following general guidelines when pairing artisanal cheeses and wine:

  • Mild and hard cheeses match a wider range of wines than soft, ripe or mature cheeses
  • In general, white wine may pair more easily with a wider range of cheeses
  • More tannic red wines pair better with harder cheeses

"Bridlewood's Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Blend 175 and Cabernet Sauvignon display unique, adventurous, yet approachable flavors that make a perfect accompaniment for artisanal cheeses during the holidays and beyond," continued Jessup.

Bridlewood's critically acclaimed wines are handcrafted to reflect the artisanal spirit and relaxed lifestyle of California's Central Coast.  Located just two-and-a-half hours from Downtown L.A. in the Santa Ynez Valley, Bridlewood's 40-acre estate vineyard provides a majestic backdrop to its inviting tasting room.   To learn more about the estate and to locate Bridlewood's handcrafted wines in your neighborhood, visit www.bridlewoodwinery.com.  

About Bridlewood Estate Winery

Hailing from the heart of California's majestic Central Coast, Bridlewood wines are crafted with care and passion by dedicated artisans.  Bridlewood Estate Winery embodies the diverse sub-appellations and varietals of the vast Central Coast, echoing the spirit of California's relaxed way of life.  Visit Bridlewood's stunning 40-acre estate and intimate tasting room in the Santa Ynez Valley, or learn more at www.bridlewoodwinery.com.

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