Perfect Pairing

As most of you know I have been teaching Food & Wine Pairing for almost a year now at South Seattle Community College. Yesterday I was lecturing about pairing wine with cheese. When we arrived at the tasting exercise portion of class, I was very excited to present an Irish, washed rind cheese known as Ardrahan. “Ardrahan is a type of semi-soft cheese with a pungent aroma, Ardrahan cheese has buttery textured honey-coloured centre with a complex delicate flavour. It has a washed rind which grows into a golden colour, and its size and weight tend to vary slightly due to the fact that it is a hand-made product” (http://www.ardrahancheese.ie/). I paired the this delicious and earthy cheese with my handcrafted, home brewed Porter. I explained to the class that sometimes beer is the best option, particularly a beer that is made in an Irish style. The Irish Ale yeast strain used in the beer provides earthy notes on the palate that echo those of the cheese.

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