My wife and I went to the Whole Foods Market wine and Cheese tasting this evening. They had a selection of 12 wines and the best part was they were all reasonably priced. The following are the notes, in order of tasting, my wife took and what I can remember.
Cristalino Cava Brut & Guffanti Robiola Due Latti
Saprkling, Clean, Brings out tangy finish
Soft, creamy, tangy finish, earth falvors throughout
Rex Goliath Pinot Grigio & Taleggio
Sweet, ultra smooth with light body, no bite (Whole Foods only)
ultra smooth, creamy, very mild taste, "lightly firm" soft cheese
(I liked this one a lot)
Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay & Basitaansen Organic Gouda
Fruity, plum notes, Oaky, medium body, smooth with some assertivenes to take on the gouda
more earth, less cream, smooth and salty, weel rounded
Morro Bay Chardonnay & Ossau Iraty
More vanilla, oak, less fruit, but somehow sweeter, and stronger, not ove of Jason's (thats me) favorites
Dry, not creamy but with a lovely soft gouda flavor
Rudolf Muller Pfalz Riesling & Vermont Butter and Chees Co. Creme Fraice with Strawberries
Sweet , not sugary, with very little tang, but smooth and light enough for creamy, fruity dessert pairing
wonderful as always, unique pairing, the dessert shouldn't be sugary and light, tang is good ( e.g. sour cream or creme fraiche)
Blackstone California Merlot & Fromager D'Affinois
Great merlot, of course (Jason spotted it!)
cheese, very soft, mild tasting and creamy until you sip the wine! Then that farm-house cheese taste assaults you!
(I started dirnking this a couple of weeks ago and really like it)
Malenchini Bruzzico Toscana & Naked Goat Cheese
nothing special red, dry, but nothing to make that up, little body
too dry and waxy, not enough goat flavor
Tres Ojos Old Vine Garnacha Tinto & Forme D'Ambert
Sweet and somewhat fruity ( berries? ) with oak, dry, medium bodided, liked it.
Strong blue, sour cream and cheddar (very salty) taste, Excellent
(I'm gonna have to add this to my selection)
Bleasdale Langhorne Crossing Cabernet/Shirax & Aged Mahon
Like Blackstone, warmer flavors, less fruity, more assertive, brings out the cheeses
very dry, almost crystallized, tangy, salty, assertive spanish cheese
(at this ponit we realized that we couldn't really tell the finer points of what we liked about the wine we were drinking anymore)
Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon & Wisantigo Stravecchio
Full Circle Organically Grown Zinfandel & Emmi Gruere Reserve
Good, sweet, full bodied
more like a gouda, very good
Block No. 45 California Petite Sirah & Borough Market or Neal's Yard Dairy Traditional Cheddar
dry finish, but sweet/dry start, assertive, thinner.
Good strong wine, excellent with parmessian
And on suggestion of Robert Morgan, the wine guy there, we purchased a bottle of Cream Napoleon Vinicola Hidalgo S.A. Sherry. Which is pretty good. Not as good as the Texas stuff, but a decent substitute for half the price.