Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Scardello Artisan Cheese


A cheese board is a never-fail addition to any holiday gathering, whether it’s a small friendly get-together, or a large family celebration. With that in mind, we visited our friends at Scardello Artistan Cheese in Oak Lawn to learn how to create the perfect one. Watch the video below to see how you can ace your next cheese board.

Ace Your Cheese Board

• Include a combination of three firmnesses of cheese – soft, medium-firm and hard.

• Feature different animal milks (i.e. cow, goat, sheep).

• Add a twist by featuring different regions of the world.

• Include a variety of accompaniments like cornichons, dried fruits, nuts, olives or charcuterie.

• When displaying a cheese board, set out a knife for each cheese on the platter. This way, the flavors won’t be compromised.

• Set cheese out for at least 30 minutes to reach room temperature.

• Before any guests arrive, cut a few slices of cheese and arrange them on the board. Present each cheese with its own knife and allow your guests to continue to cut slices for themselves. These measures will prevent the cheese from drying out and allow the full flavors to emerge.

Still unsure of where to start? Don’t be afraid to venture into Scardello and ask for help. The knowledgable staff will work with you to create the perfect cheese board for your palate or gathering.

Happy cheese hunting!

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings


 

Wine Pairings

Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in life’s simple pleasures. But, pairing wine and cheese like the pros can be anything but simple. Whether you’re enjoying wine and cheese pairings today or any other day, being educated before heading to the grocery store can help your taste buds tremendously. Here are some quick tips on perfect pairings:

* Follow your taste preferences: If you don’t like a certain cheese or a certain wine, pairing it with something won’t change your opinion on the flavor.

* Try to match flavor profiles evenly: Avoid pairing mild cheeses with strong wines.

* The bolder the cheese, the bolder the wine should be: Cheese that has been aged for a long time needs to be paired with a full-bodied wine.


 

Cheese Pairings

Fresh/Soft & Bloomy Cheeses: Burrata, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta, Brie, Boursin
Pairs well with…
Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscato, Champagne

Cheese Pairings

Semi-Soft Cheeses: Havarti, Gruyère, Manchego
Pairs well with…
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

Cheese Pairings

Semi-Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Gouda, Baby Swiss
Pairs well with…
Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot

Cheese Pairings

Hard Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, Aged Manchego
Pairs well with…Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chianti

Cheese Pairings

Goat Cheeses: Chèvre, Pavé, Rave de Provence
Pairs well with…Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Champagne

Cheese Pairing

Blue Cheese: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton
Pairs well with…Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Port

For more tips on the perfect wine and cheese pairings, visit HEB.com.