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LOCAL FLAVORS

CHEESEMONGER NADJEEB CHOUAF SUGGESTS FOUR WINE AND CHEESE PAIRINGS FOR THE SIMPLEST YET MOST REFINED GOURMET PLEASURE

CHEESE

Pairings

Coexisting in a culture where food and craft beverages are booming, wine and cheese are the perfect pairing heading into spring and summer. Cheesemonger Nadjeeb Chouaf with Flora Artisanal Cheese suggests four classic pairings that have surprised even him. The cheeses are all available locally or in his shop at Timbercreek Market, and the styles of wine are available at local wineries. Over the past few years, the growth in the local food and wine industries has taken impressive leaps. With the help of industry leaders, staying local with Virginia products has helped boost the uniqueness and quality of the products. Before diving in, a few tips on pairing the two can always come in handy. It is best to avoid matching strong wines to delicate dishes. Acidity is actually your friend, so don’t be afraid to select your favorite local blend. And, don’t shy away from asking the experts.

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Wine & Country Living Spring 2017  
Wine & Country Living Spring 2017