|Murray’s Cheese is a go-to resource for all things cheesy.|
Currently, New York City is in the middle of a wine bar resurgence with new locales popping up in all five boroughs. And if there’s one thing New Yorkers love to pair with their wine, it’s cheese. The only downside to a wine bar? The price point that comes with a few small plates and a glass can be hefty. But since this is NYC – it’s easy to find the perfect pairings to host a girls’ night in. Here are our top wine and cheese picks, and you’ll find these cheeses at our favorite New York cheese specialty store, Murray’s Cheese.
Four Fat Fowl St. Stephen
To be paired with: Chardonnay or Cava
Who doesn’t love a great wheel of Brie? This small round is a perfect starter thanks to its buttery texture, and pairing it with an unoaked Chardonnay will bring this wheel’s sweetness to the forefront. A sparkling wine, such as Cava, would also do well with the St. Stephen. Four Fat Fowl is located in the Hudson Valley, so don’t be surprised to find hints of wheat when tasting.
Sainte-Maure de Touraine
To be paired with: Gewürztraminer or Sauvignon Blanc
This particular chevré is cave-aged in Murray’s Long Island City-based cheese cave and made with goat milk; it’s perfect to pair with a dry (and very under-rated) Gewürztraminer. If you’re looking to keep your wine local, look for a Gewürztraminer that’s from the Finger Lakes Region – an area in Upstate New York known for a myriad of wineries. A classic Sauv Blanc would also complement this cheese nicely.
Consider Bardwell Cavemaster Reserve Barden Blue
To be paired with: Dessert Wine such as Port or Ice Wine
Blue cheese comes in a variety of styles and may not be a crowd favorite, but a slice of the Barden Blue will change even the most stubborn taste tester. This blue’s flavor is bright and full, and the cow’s milk base makes it perfect to have with a dessert wine. A port, ice wine, or even a sweet rosé will balance out the intensity of this cheese.
Ewephoria Sheep Milk Gouda
To be paired with: Malbec or Pinot Noir
So yes – we’re total suckers for a punny (and cute!) name, but that’s not the only reason we love this Gouda. The Ewephoria has a nutty and sweet aftertaste, meaning that other than going well with a robust glass of Malbec or a classic Pinot Noir. You can also melt it on desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Vermont Creamery Torus
To be paired with: Chenin Blanc or Champagne
Speaking of desserts, we love the fact that the Torus tastes like a cheesy croissant! Made exclusively for Murray’s, this made-in-Vermont specialty is incredibly rich – let the fact that this cheese looks like a donut clue you in! Pairing with a Chenin Blanc or Champagne will bring out the mineral flavors in the wine and cheese, making it a favorite by the end of the night.
And if you’re looking for something to snack on, we love nibbling on crispy crackers – like the ones that Murray’s offers in its Cavemaster Collection. But this is your girls’ night – so get as cheesy, crunchy, and creative as you wish. Happy snacking!
Are you a wine and cheese novice? Murray’s offers expert on-line chat so you can get all your wine and cheese pairing questions answered. Or, stop by Murray’s store on Bleecker and seek advice in person. Congrats to Murray’s on celebrating their 75th anniversary!
All photos via Murray’s Cheese.