Organic Wines & Microbrews in Tallahassee, FL
Weekly Beer & Wine Tastings
Great wine doesn't have to cost a fortune. Monthly wine specials offer something for every taste and budget. Our ever-growing selection includes organic wines, sulfite-free and no-added sulfite labels.
Beginning February 7, we are now offering wine tastings every Friday from 5:30-7 pm. Stop by to sample new vintages and tried and true wines. Seasonal microbrews and new arrivals are sampled at our beer tastings every first and third Saturday from 4:30-6 pm. Tickets are $3.00 and include a coupon for $3.00 off your beer or wine purchase that evening. You've got nothing to lose and everything to taste!
Cheese Profile: Blue Cheese
Strongly aromatic and powerfully flavorful, blue cheese is not for those with timid tastes. Thought to have been first made (accidentally) during the process of aging cheese in caves—which are favorable to mold growth—blue cheese is now made by injecting the cheese (or mixing the cheese curds) with Penicillium cultures. The characteristically pungent aroma is thanks to the bacteria.
Piquant blue cheese makes for a stellar appetizer. Serve it on a baguette, along with sliced pears and toasted walnuts. Or partner it with other robust flavors, such as roast beef, scallions, stone-ground mustard and black pepper in these Cracked Black and Blue Canapes. A blue cheese dip or dressing with crispy celery sticks is a classic accompaniment to spicy buffalo chicken wings.
Blue cheese becomes milder and sweeter when cooked, so this might be a good introduction for a newbie. Celebrate blue cheese on pizzas, in grilled cheese sandwiches, and burgers. Use it in fondue, risottos, and pastas galore. Crumble blue cheese atop any meat on the grill, or use it to make a knockout sauce for your steak, as in this recipe for Seared Steak with Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Sauce. This Stuffed Lamb Meatball recipe features blue cheese mixed with lamb, hazelnuts, cranberries, rosemary and sage.
Pair blue cheese with dried fruits, bitter greens (sprinkle it on any salad), pears, apples, melon, olives and grapes.
In general, milder blue cheeses are nicely accompanied by fruity white wines and stronger blues with robust red wines. But blue cheese isn’t fussy; any port, Madiera, sherry, muscat, Shiraz, Sauterne, cabernet, zinfandel or Chardonnay will taste wonderful with any blue.
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