There are some excellent Minnesota-made wines and cheeses you should consider as you plan your holiday menus. A wine and cheese pairing can be a splendid addition to any holiday meal. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Directory features 36 wineries and some offer online purchasing. Many Minnesota-made cheeses can be found at farmers’ markets and in grocery stores, and some cheesemakers also offer online purchasing.
In addition to your holiday meals, you’ll also want to consider these great products for gifts! If you’re interested in making a visit to the farm or winery, be sure to call ahead as their winter hours may be more limited.
Now how to pair the cheese with the wine? The Minnesota Farm Winery Association offers these suggestions for pairing wine with cheese and desserts!
- Cheese: Goat cheese, brie
- Dessert: Crème brûlée, white chocolate
- Cheese: Gruyere, gouda
- Dessert: Apple pie, caramel sauce
- Cheese: Cheddar, gorgonzola
- Dessert: Bittersweet chocolate, sea salt caramels
- Cheese: Feta, Chevre