Cheese & Wine Pairings: Castello & Napa Cellars

NAPA CELLARS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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CASTELLO® AGED HAVARTI

A lush and expressive wine, Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon delights the senses with its stunning ruby color and elegant, concentrated aromas of ripe black cherries, black currant, elderberry, and mint with a hint of eucalyptus.

Castello® Aged Havarti, with its rich, buttery aroma and creamy, slightly crunchy texture, enhances the sensory experience of this full-bodied, complex and approachable wine. The small white spots that are visible on and within the cheese are the secret to its delicate and crystalline texture and subtle crunch.

Elevate this inspired pairing with foods such as caramelized onion chutney, pear and cardamom, grilled asparagus, thyme honey, herb-crusted beef roast or braised lamb.

 

NAPA CELLARS

ZINFANDEL

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CASTELLO®TRADITIONAL DANISH BLUE

Full, rich, and well-balanced, Napa Cellars Zinfandel boasts bright aromas of fresh blackberry, tart cherry, and hints of black tea leading to rich flavors of berry jam with notes of mocha, spice, and toasty oak.

Castello® Traditional Danish Blue brings out the flavor of this delightful wine. With its fine, nutty blue aroma and hints of marzipan overlaid on a sourdough flavor, the cheese features a soft and elegant bitterness, and a tantalizing, tangy blue cheese “bite.”  This cheese has a protected destination of origin (PDO) for Denmark.

Complement this perfect pairing with plum jam, figs, olives, nuts, blueberries, rye bread, barbequed beef short ribs or spiced roast chicken.

 

NAPA CELLARS

CHARDONNAY

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CASTELLO® DOUBLE CRÈME WHITE

This rich, classic Napa Valley Chardonnay displays the unique characteristics of the region.  Aromas of Meyer Lemon, honey melon, and baked apple crisp excite the senses followed by warm vanilla and caramel with a hint of toasted marshmallow on a plush finish.

Castello® Double Crème is the perfect cheese to pair with this rich, ripe Chardonnay. A mild, soft cheese with a creamy texture, the taste is complex but clean, with a combination of butter, cream and saltiness. The secret to the velvety texture of this soft cheese it that is matures from the inside out, creating a deliciously consistent result. Remove from the refrigerator an hour before serving to enjoy the full flavor experience.

Serve this delectable pairing with wine jelly, fresh hazelnuts, grilled asparagus, peaches, or a rosemary chicken breast in light lemon cream sauce.

 

NAPA CELLARS

SAUVIGNON BLANC

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CASTELLO® CREAMY HAVARTI

Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc opens with enticing aromas of fresh pineapple, white nectarine, sweet spring grass, jasmine, guava, and hints of Meyer Lemon. Full and lively on the palate, this vibrant and bright wine offers fruit, floral, and honey tones to complement its crisp acidity.

Castello® Creamy Havarti brings out the flavors that make this varietal wine so appealing. A mild and aromatic cheese with just a hint of tangerines, it is made from a traditional Danish recipe and crafted by master cheese makers. This delectable cheese has a soft and creamy consistency, yet is easy to slice, making it a perfect pair for Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.

Serve this wine-and-cheese pairing with fresh strawberries, crisp vegetables and an assortment of crackers, or with entrees such as crab cakes and fish tacos.

 

NAPA CELLARS

PINOT NOIR

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CASTELLO® DOUBLE CRÈME BLUE

Versatile, elegant, and rich, Napa Cellars Pinot Noir delivers beautiful aromas of black cherry, cranberry, and strawberry followed by subtle tobacco notes and soft tannins with a firm acidity for a balanced finish.

For a decadent flavor experience, pair with Castello® Double Crème Blue, a rich and smooth cheese with a soft, creamy texture. Its complex taste combines the flavor of slightly salted sour cream with the rounded, hoppy bitterness of blue. Unlike other soft cheeses, it matures from the inside out, creating its velvety texture. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before serving for the best flavor.

Serve this delightful pairing with figs, salted roasted peanuts, butter-roasted walnuts and toasted rye bread.

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