Monday, November 21, 2011

Wine & Cheese Of The Week - Sinskey & Aged Gouda

Robert Sinskey Vineyards
We recently enjoyed a bottle of 2005 POV we'd gotten a few years ago and realized we needed to go back to Sinskey. We've always loved it there and it was just as good as we remembered when we went back the other day. The tasting room is in a beautiful, barn-like building with a cool open kitchen. Most importantly the wine is awesome and they give you a great plate of little food pairings with every tasting.
Our favorites from this time around:
2008 Cabernet Franc (Vandal Vineyard, Carneros) - $44
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Vandal Vineyard, Carneros) - $48
2006 Marcien - $65
2010 Abraxas - Great dry, white, turkey wine!

If you're in the valley, Sinskey is always a great stop. No appointment necessary and there is a small picninc area.
AGED Gouda
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 I know, gouda doesn't sound like an exciting cheese of the week, but AGED gouda certainly is. It is one of my cheese plate staples and something I actually keep in my fridge at all times. Aged gouda is way more complex and packs way more punch than your average, whatev gouda. I like to buy gouda that is aged at least 3 years because as the cheese ages it develops this amazing caramel, butterscotch flavor that is unbelievable. I like to serve it with some honey and fruit and you're good to go. Be careful - this cheese is highly addictive.