Arriving early yesterday to help pour wine gave me a chance to snap a couple of pictures before all of the guests arrived at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. The event space across the street is a remodeled turn of the century home, an intimate gathering for cheese and accoutrements.
A selection of four wines were presented: (left to right) 2010 Chardonnay, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon.
My favorite wine to drink on its own was the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, it was so mellow and fruity. The best pairing was the 2010 Chardonnay with Pure Luck’s goat cheese and a lime marmalade. Most of the food bloggers in attendance enjoyed the Red Hawk cheese with the youngest Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lisa Mattson (pictured left) walked us through each wine and described the area north of Healdsburg, CA where the winery is located. Kendall Antonelli (pictured far right) guided us through the cheeses, her passion for artisanal fromage bubbled.
I have to check out the shop next time there is a need for cheese (which is pretty often in my house!). Pictured above (clockwise) Pure Luck goat cheese, Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk, Ossau-Iraty, and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar. The Red Hawk had a beautiful cream line under the rind, I could eat my weight of that cheese!
Two of my fellow AFBA members, Elizabeth of Local Savour and Stephanie of Steph Cooks, who hung out after the tasting. Elizabeth, Brittanie (Three Diets One Dinner), and I enjoyed the rest of the evening at Dolce Vita as I needed some coffee after all that wine.