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National Wine and Cheese Day at Wine Country

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Today is National Wine and Cheese Day. If you’re like me, I KNOW I really don’t need to say anything else to convince you of why this is a day we all need to celebrate, BUT I’m going to anyway. My friends at Wine Country Bistro & Bottle Shop let me come over and check out some amazing wines and cheeses all in the name of fun research to give y’all some ideas on how to celebrate.


Do you guys know my friend Judd Smith? He has this amazing blog Beard and Barrel where he talks about all things wine. If you haven’t checked it out before, go! Judd is also the Beverage Director at Wine Country but you’ll catch him doing a little bit of everything around there including whipping up my “RESEARCH” cheese board and pairing some wines with it. So who’s ready to hear about the three great wines and cheeses that Judd selected? Let’s get to it!

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1. Drunken Goat-This Spanish Goat cheese was created on accident. Because it’s soaked in red wine for 48 hours, it has a beautiful purple rind. Technically, you can eat this cheese alone and get both the wine and cheese but we live on the wild side around these parts so it was paired with Butternut Chardonnay. Talk about delicious. The dry wine with the creamy but not too tangy cheese created a perfect pairing.

2. New York State Cheddar-Wine Country says this cheese is “as classic as the Empire State Building”. This was a pretty straight forward, creamy cow’s milk cheddar that we boldly paired with Eberle Full Boar Red. Before we got to tasting and pairing, Judd told me that this classic cheddar would be great with a California Chardonnay but he decided to launch out into the deep and pair it with a red. I know everything about this combination sounds wrong, but it was so wrong that it was right. The contrast in flavors actually worked and it was quite tasty.

3. Shropshire Bleu-This was my absolute favorite cheese and pairing of them all. Am I the only one who has never seen orange bleu cheese before? Shropshire is the town in England where this bleu cheese is from. As Judd says, it’s “bleu cheese on training wheels”. It wasn’t super pungent but I knew it was a bleu cheese. It was super creamy with a hint of nuttiness. What did we pair with this? A five year old Broadbent Madeira Reserve of course! Madeira is a Portugese wine that’s most commonly served as a dessert wine because it is so sweet. Don’t let the sweetness fool you though. Like a Port or Sherry, this Madeira packs a 18.9% ABV. In comparison, your typical sweet Moscato or sweet Riesling run anywhere between 5-10% ABV so this Madeira packs a delicious punch. Our board also had some Marcona almonds and pistachios with truffle oil and some prosciutto that were delicious with the Madeira. If you haven’t had a Madeira before, make your way to Wine Country today and get some of that in your life!

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Speaking of Wine Country and today… Because it IS National Wine and Cheese Day and because we loved these selections so much, this is the half board of the day. You will get all three of the above cheeses, Carr’s crackers, Marcona almonds and pistachios with truffle oil, prosciutto and pepper jelly for only $13. Want to pair your wines like I did? Ask for a flight of Butternut Chardonnay, Eberle Full Board Red, and Broadbent Madeira Reserve. If you want to try some other wines, happy hour is from 2:30pm-6:30pm. Go drink and be merry!

Wine Country Bistro & Bottle Shop
4801 Line Ave
Shreveport, LA


What’s a National Wine and Cheese Day without a giveaway?


One of my readers will win a Corkcicle One. The Corkcicle One was created to chill room temperature red wines and keep white wines cool.

Leave a comment below for your chance to win. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, July 28, 2016. The winner will be announced here at 8 a.m. CST, Friday, July 29, 2016.

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  • Liz Beattie July 25, 2016 01.02 pm

    Wine and cheese are two of my favorite things so I’m loving this review! Red with cheddar? Madeira with bleu? I think I need these in my life, too! 😊🍷🧀

  • Melissa R July 25, 2016 09.04 pm

    That Corkcicle looks really cool! Sounds like just the thing for summer.

  • Jessica Prest July 26, 2016 09.22 am

    Cheers to all wine and cheese! Great review!

  • Joshua Boyle July 26, 2016 07.15 pm

    Gotta keep the secco cold this time of year!

  • Joshy Boyle July 26, 2016 07.17 pm

    Gotta keep that secco cold this time of year!!


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