Holidays are about food, family, friends, and merriment. Nothing bottles the spirit of vivaciousness more than sparking wine or champagne — and cheese is almost universally embraced — so we’ve gathered a perfect cheese-and-sparking wine pairing for your holiday table and for you to ring in the New Year.
For bubbly, pour some sparkling Franciacorta, which deserves more renown outside of Italy, where it’s much beloved (and a favorite of George and Amal Clooney). Franciacorta is a term that defines a territory (northern Italy), a production method (the champagne method), and a highly regarded category of sparkling wine. Order it at http://www.sherry-lehman.com and sample it at Upland and Eataly in New York City, Scarpetta in Los Angeles, and Cecconi in Miami. Salute!
In NYC and beyond, Murray’s Cheese is synonymous with excellent cheese. Located in the far west village on Bleecker Street near Carmine Street, Murray’s is the oldest Cheese shop in the city and just celebrated its 75th anniversary in October. The brand sells more than 6 million pounds of cheese a year, has its own label for cheeses and charcuterie, and has its own state-of-the-art cheese caves in Long Island.
We recommend their new cheese, St. Mark’s, which is a tribute on the French classic from the Rhone-Alpes, St. Marcellin (Louis X1’s favorite). Real St. Marcellin is no longer available in the USA, so Murray’s is the closest you’ll come to experiencing it stateside. It’s a complex, fragile and unctuous cheese that pairs well with figs and walnuts. Pop it in the oven if you like, and scoop it up with French baguette; http://www.murrayscheese.com.
Cheers to 2016!