Today I am kicking off a new weekly feature on the blog, Wine & Cheese Wednesday. Every week I am going to be featuring a new wine and cheese that I discover and will be giving my review of it. Anyone who knows me knows I live for a cheese plate and a good glass of wine. If you are coming over to my house for a party or going out to dinner with me, chances are a cheese plate will be involved at some point. I want to preference these posts by saying that I am NOT a wine or cheese expert, so all opinions are my own and based off of what I like. That being said, I think that a lot of wine and cheese lovers like myself are always looking to try new things so hopefully these posts will provide some inspiration!
This week I am featuring one of my favorite bottles of red wine, Liberty School Cabernet. This wine is super affordable and the perfect compliment to a cheese plate or on its own. Today I am pairing it with a sharp Grafton cheddar cheese that was purchased from the Italian market Eataly in NYC. SO GOOD!! This outstanding cheddar has a pronounced, mature flavor, smooth finish, and a drier, crumbly texture. This is a great neutral cheese for a party because it isn't too strong so even non-cheese lovers will probably like it.
What the wine experts say:
- Ruby black in color, the 2013 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon displays classic Cabernet aromas of black currant, crushed blackberry and cherry, with undertones of charred sandalwood, black peppercorn, eucalyptus and a dash of cinnamon. On the palate, dark berries, cherry and a hint of toasted oak unfold as the velvety tannins and balancing acidity lead to a long, fruit driven finish.
What I Say:
- This is a great wine for the value. It is a full bodied cabernet without being too overpowering. The fruity notes are dominate without tasting too sweet. I was so excited to see this on sale for $11.34 at winelibrary.com. In my neighborhood store it costs $18.99 a bottle so I was very happy to see it available at at lower cost. I love a napa valley cabernet and this bottle remains one of my go-to staples for parties and my wine rack at home. Cheers!