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May 20, 2022 | Pacific Rim

Charcuterie: Riesling Cheese Pairing

A charcuterie board may consist of both meat and cheese, or it may be stand-alone with a variety of cheeses. However, to make your wine party exciting, preparing a charcuterie board well is key. The goal is to pick at least four to six varieties of cheeses with different aromas, textures, flavors, and tastes so that your guest gets an amazing experience. But to make the taste buds come alive, you also need to pair the right cheese with the right wine

Riesling cheese pairing charcuterie board

What type of wines pair well with cheeses? What cheese with Riesling is the best pairing? The answer to these questions depends on the type of cheese. In most cases, the wine pairing is done with the duration of aging and hardness of the cheese.

Most wine experts suggest that if you really want to enjoy cheese, a white wine like a Riesling cheese pairing is recommended. Riesling is a very versatile wine and can be paired with almost any type of cheese. Here we provide some general guidelines on great wine and cheese pairings. In terms of saltiness, here's a good order to keep in mind:

  • Salty Cheeses
  • Aged gouda
  • Edam (approx. 276 mg sodium/serving)
  • Feta (approx. 323 mg sodium/serving)
  • Halloumi (approx. 330 mg sodium/serving)
  • Imported blue cheese (approx. 325 mg sodium/serving)
  • Processed cheeses (like string cheese) (approx. 200-300 mg/serving)

The saltier the cheese, the sweeter the wine should be. A sweet Riesling wine pairing works great with the above salty cheeses. But keep in mind that cheese varieties that have low salt levels, like Emmental, Mozzarella, and Wensleydale, will not go as well with Riesling (see below).

Hard Cheeses

Hard cheeses tend to have distinctive robustness and are packed with flavors. The hardness of the cheese also keeps it very well preserved due to its lack of moisture. The longer hard cheese is aged, the more character and flavor it will develop. Examples of hard cheese include:

  • Cotija
  • Emmental 
  • Gorgonzola 
  • Manchego 
  • Parmesan
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • Aged gouda
  • Asiago

For hard cheeses, medium-strength or a bold Riesling is recommended. A dry Riesling is better able to stand up to the harder and saltier cheeses, like Emmental, which can easily overpower the sweet wines. 

Semi-hard Medium Aged Cheeses

Some firm cheeses retain their shape during slicing and are easy to shred but are not soft enough to grate or spread. Usually, these semi-hard cheeses may be aged from two to six months. Examples of semi-hard medium cheese with Riesling pairing include:

  • Young Cheddar
  • Gouda
  • Goat
  • Havarti
  • Gruyère
  • Jarlsberg Cheese
  • Monterey Jack

For semi-hard medium-aged cheeses, a medium or dry Riesling cheese pairing is recommended.

Soft Creamy Cheeses

Common types of soft cheeses include:

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Chevre
  • Cream cheese
  • Gorgonzola
  • Ricotta
  • Roquefort

Dry Rieslings pair well with soft, creamy cheeses.

What If You Have A Mix of Cheeses?

Invariably, a cheese board will have a mixture of cheeses and if you do not want to purchase all the different types of Riesling wines, you will not go wrong with a medium-dry wine. Riesling’s mild sweetness, acidity, fruity aromas, and alcohol content will allow it to be paired broadly against a wide range of cheese.

If you are going to have a charcuterie or cheese board, check out some very affordable Riesling wines:

2020 SWEET RIESLING

2020 J RIESLING

2019 DRY RIESLING

2018 VIN DE GLACIÈRE RIESLING

2017 SOLSTICE VINEYARD RIESLING

CONCLUSION

Ensure that there is a knife for each specific cheese to avoid mixing the flavors. To ensure that you bring out the best flavors, take the cheese out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. The Riesling cheese pairing is best served at just below room temperature.

For answers to your wine questions, call Pacific Rim & Company at 1-503-863-5454.  Pacific Rim has a wonderful selection of wines and they are especially passionate about Riesling wines.

Time Posted: May 20, 2022 at 6:49 AM Permalink to Charcuterie: Riesling Cheese Pairing Permalink
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May 18, 2022 | Pacific Rim

Best Wine Scenes in Movies

Consuming wine is a passion at restaurants and in homes all over the world. Millions of people consume wine every day and many have wonderful memories of their time together. But, perhaps, some of the most remarkable wine scenes from movies can help entertain your friends at your next wine function.  Some of the best-depicted wine scenes in movies have appeared during wine-drinking celebrations. Jogging down memory lane, the wine movies include the following:

  • Casablanca (1942): One classic romantic phrase from Casablanca that still stands strong is the line: "Here's looking at you, kid." This scene was the setup between Rick (Humphrey Bogart) to Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), while Bogart made a champagne toast to Ilsa on a Moroccan airfield.
  • The Muppet Movie (1979): In one scene, the smart and lovable Kermit the Frog requests more wine from the waiter. But the always annoying Miss Piggy corrects her romantic pal, telling him that it is bubbly they are consuming. But the wine sommelier quickly informs her that they are actually drinking sparkling Moscatel wine direct from Idaho.
  • Babette’s Feast (1987). In this scene Babette, while employed by the church, has created a sumptuous feast for her uptight religious sisters who quickly discover the wonders of consuming Burgundy.
  • Sister: “Surely that isn’t wine.”
  • Babette: “No, that isn’t wine. It’s Clos de Vougeot, 1845.”
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). In the scene played between Steve Martin and Michael Caine, they are debating what to do with the valuable bottles of wine. 
  • MC: “You can’t drink them, Freddy. They’re far too valuable.”
  • SM: “So you sell them?”
  • MC: “I’d never sell them; they mean too much to me.”
  • Goldfinger (1964): Sean Connery playing 007 had many classic lines but this one, in particular, is delightful. In the bedroom, Bond teaches the viewers and his girlfriend how to drink Dom Perignon properly, “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done. Such as drinking Dom Pérignon ’53 above a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.”
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991).  Who better to ask than Hannibal Lecter for his wine pairing with fava beans and liver, “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
  • French Kiss (1955): This great romantic movie for the ages brings back the nostalgia of vineyards. In one scene, Kevin Kline tells Meg Ryan that after smelling different herbs in the garden, the wine will also taste different. For those who do not know, the French word to describe this wine feature is “terroir.”
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993): To increase the humor, Meg Ryan’s boyfriend tries to impress her by asking the waiter to bring a bottle of Dom DeLuise.
  • Batman Forever (1995). The gorgeous Dr. Chase Meridian is having a conversation that goes as follows:
  • Batman: “I don't blend in at a family picnic.”
  • Dr. Chase Meridian: “Oh, we could give it a try. I'll bring the wine, you bring your scarred psyche.”

Conjure up more wine scenes in movies that you remember not named here.  Wine movies make for great parties and get-togethers.  If you have wine questions, be sure to call the experts at Pacific Rim & Company at 1-503-863-5454.  If you are thinking of making some romantic memories with your partner, here are some wines that you are sure to love:

  1. 2021 PACIFIC RIM WICKED GOOD RED
  2. 2018 VIN DE GLACIÈRE RIESLING
  3. 2018 HAHN HILL VINEYARD CHENIN BLANC
  4. 2019 RAINSTORM PINOT NOIR

 

Time Posted: May 18, 2022 at 6:17 AM Permalink to Best Wine Scenes in Movies Permalink
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May 16, 2022 | Pacific Rim

Best Spring Activities (Involving Wine)

After a long cold winter, finally, we are into spring. The weather is getting warmer, the birds have returned, and the grass is starting to regrow. This is ideal for some of the best spring activities and one of the best times of the year for people who love the outdoors because the weather is just perfect. There are all types of activities one can do during spring, but this can be made more enjoyable when celebrating with wine. Here is a brief list of some spring wine activities that you can complement with your favorite wine.

the best spring wine activities

  • Gardening: Tending plants and digging in the dirt is hard work and tiresome. After a long winter, most gardens need a lot of work, including discarding all the junk and debris that has accumulated. If you garden, start the activity early in the morning when it is not too hot. We're not going to judge if you have some wine before noon, but it feels better to reward yourself in the afternoon after the garden looks great. Work until midday and then end the activity with an outdoor wine event. Since you will be both thirsty and hungry, make sure you also have some water and snacks available. Set up an umbrella in the garden and enjoy the wine party with your family. This will help make gardening fun and exciting.
  • Fishing: Spring is a time when bass, catfish, and rainbow trout are most active. If you love to fish, this is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. An iconic wine scene from a classic novel: when Jake Barnes cools off his wine in the Spanish Irati River waters in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. You can make fishing even better by packing a picnic basket and some wine. However, if you take wine, better to be certain of the local alcohol laws; especially if you're fishing on a boat. In most states, wine is permitted on a boat, but the amount is limited. You surely cannot operate a boat while intoxicated. If you follow the local alcohol laws, combining fishing with wine will be one of the best outdoor activities you can do not only in spring but all year round. All the gear you need for fishing can be rented if you do not have your own.
  • Camping: Spring is a great time to go camping. There are campsites almost everywhere. What better way to enjoy burgers and roasted marshmallows in the late evening than with wine? Wine and fish pair well together. Before you bring along wine, make sure you know the alcohol laws of the facility. You will need to be responsible, not get drunk, and clean up any mess that you might make.
  • Enjoy a picnic: One of the best ways to enjoy spring wine activities is to have a picnic with the family and spend quality time together. You can make it even better by serving the family your favorite wine. You can have a picnic at the local park, beach, or on your deck.
  • Visit a winery near you: if you are lucky enough to live in an area where vineyards exist, you can visit a winery for wine tasting. Many of these wineries have wine tasting sessions and you even get to buy wines at a reasonable price. A half-day visit can be a pleasant outing.
  • Picking fruit: No matter where you live in North America, there is usually some type of fruit-picking activity during spring. You need to get there early in the morning as it is still cool, wear the appropriate garments, and pick the fruit. Plus, you are welcome to buy the fruit you pick, which is much cheaper than what you would get at a grocery store. To make the fruit picking enjoyable, pack a picnic basket with your favorite wine. Make sure you have a designated driver so that there are no issues getting back home.

Other best spring wine activities that you can combine with wine drinking include starting a spring garden, spring cleaning, sightseeing the cherry blossoms in your favorite park, and watching the sunset from your favorite beach.

If you decide to pursue one of the best spring activities, here are some very affordable wine choices that most people will like:

2020 SWEET RIESLING

2018 RAMOS VINEYARD GEWURZTRAMINER

2019 RAINSTORM PINOT NOIR

2017 SOLSTICE VINEYARD RIESLING


For more information on how to choose the right wine, contact Pacific Rim & Company at 1-503-863-5454. Their knowledgeable staff can help answer all your wine questions. Get ready to enjoy wine with the best spring activities now!

Time Posted: May 16, 2022 at 6:33 AM Permalink to Best Spring Activities (Involving Wine) Permalink
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May 13, 2022 | Pacific Rim

May 25th: How to Celebrate National Wine Day

Wine grapes have been grown for at least several thousand years, but it is only recently that the online world has started to celebrate National Wine Day. With the power of cyberspace, not only do many nations celebrate this holiday, but they also have days for the celebration of different types of wine.  Today, there are at least 17 days of wine celebrations throughout the year, each day rejoicing with a different wine. In some months, there may be multiple wine celebration days.

national wine day celebration with friends

This special day is celebrated on May 25 of each year but there is no clear-cut answer as to how this tradition started. It appears that at least a decade ago, some people got together to drink wine and decided to call it National Wine Day. In any case, despite its obscure beginnings, the event is celebrated by many people all over the globe. 

This national holiday is much like Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day without the razzmatazz. Wine drinkers gather together in wine for celebration either in their homes or at a restaurant. There is no special wine that has to be consumed on this special day; you are free to pick one or more wines and enjoy them with your friends and family as you wish. However, wine is best paired with some type of food. If it is a casual meeting at home, you may want to select snacks, cheese, pizza, nuts, spicy foods, and so on. But if you plan to go out to a restaurant, then the wine you consume will depend on the food you order.

There is much more to National Wine Day than just drinking wine and having a good time. The idea of the national event is to support local wine shops, producers, and wine bars throughout the year. The past two years have been a real struggle for the wine industry.

Secondly, holiday occasion is all about safe drinking. Everyone needs to enjoy wine in moderation and not drink in excess. Too much wine can be damaging to health. Health experts recommend two wine glasses for adult males and one wine glass for adult females. Numerous studies reveal that light-to-moderate consumption of wine may slightly lower the risk of developing heart disease.

CONCLUSION

Before you decide to celebrate the national holiday with your friends and family, at least buy one bottle of the wine and taste it before you buy it in bulk. The last thing you want is to buy wine which no one likes. Just because you had a similar wine for celebration in a restaurant a few weeks ago does not mean it will taste the same when bought from a wine store. Further, make sure you have ample wine to celebrate National Wine Day so that none of your guests miss out. Ideally, for ten people, you should have at least 6-10 bottles of wine on hand. Finally, try and pair the wine with the food you are serving. 

Here are some affordable wine suggestions if you decide to celebrate National Wine Day.

2021 PACIFIC RIM WICKED GOOD RED

2018 HAHN HILL VINEYARD CHENIN BLANC

2018 SILVER TOTEM RED BLEND

2018 SILVER TOTEM CABERNET SAUVIGNON

If you have any questions about choosing a wine to celebrate with, call Pacific Rim & Company at 1-503-863-5454.  Our enthusiastic employees can speak with you knowledgeably about wine.

Time Posted: May 13, 2022 at 6:21 AM Permalink to May 25th: How to Celebrate National Wine Day Permalink
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April 20, 2022 | Pacific Rim

Why You Have to Try Washington State Pinot Noir Wine

Washington State has made new discoveries about finding just the right soil regions to grow just the right grapes for Pinot Noir wine.  The wine has had a varied past and has been tricky to produce accurately in some areas.  If you are a connoisseur of red wine, you absolutely must try Washington State Pinot Noir wine.

What Is Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir started as a French wine but today is produced in many nations. Pinot Noir is not only a grape but also a wine varietal. The grape is known to grow in pine cone-shaped clusters and has a dark purplish hue, hence the name Pinot Noir. 

Pinot Noir is somewhat unique in that it is used to make four different single varietal wines. In addition, Pinot Noir is often used in red blends.  

Pinot Noir Grape Facts

  • Young grapes tend to have a light, red color, whereas those that are mature tend to have a deep purplish or deep red hue.
  • These grapes are somewhat finicky and will only grow well under a limited range of temperatures. The grape grows well in climates with dry, warm days and cool nights; in addition, the soil should be well-drained and loamy.
  • The growing season is short, only about 3 months, compared to 6-9 months for most other grapes.
  • Because Pinot Noir grapes are thin-skinned, they are also susceptible to a variety of diseases and are susceptible to fungus and rot.

Due to long, dry days and cool nights, Pinot Noir vineyards have blossomed in eastern Washington State. In addition, the loamy soil and long exposure to the sun add to the rich, fruity flavors with undertones of Allspice.

Where Is Pinot Noir Grown?

Even though Pinot Noir grapes are grown globally, they originated from Burgundy, France. In the USA, Pinot Noir is grown in Washington, California, Oregon, and northern New York. The grapes used to make Pinot Noir prefer cooler climates and soil with good drainage. Pinot Noir thrives in the same climate as Chardonnay; hence, you will often see the two grapes grown adjacent to each other. Outside of North America and France, Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world and can be found in South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, and Australia. When wine is made from fresh grapes, they tend to have fruity aromas of raspberries, cherries, and strawberries. When the wine is allowed to age, it does develop a barnyard aroma (smell of stables, horses, etc., which adds to the wine’s complexity.

What Does Pinot Noir Taste Like?

Overall, Pinot Noir is a light wine, contains low levels of tannins, is easy to drink, and has an alcohol volume of usually less than 12 percent (ABV). 

Pinot Noir’s flavor profile depends greatly on where the grapes are from and the growing conditions. For example, Pinot Noir wines from Napa Valley tend to have notes of vanilla, ripe black cherries, and cloves. The Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France will have notes of forest floor, hints of mushrooms, and may be a little leatherier. The Washington State Pinot Noir wine tends to have more spicy and floral notes, such as cloves, apricots, peaches, and cinnamon.

Popularity

Today, Washington State Pinot Noir wine has become popular among wine drinkers of all ages, and sales of the beverage have increased significantly over the past few years. While Pinot Noir is produced in several U.S. states, it is the wine made in the Columbia Valley that is considered the “cream of the crop,” so to speak.  Pinot Noir from Washington State is loved by wine drinkers because of its flowery and spicy aromas (e.g., vanilla, sweet cherries, and cloves), and pleasant, red, fruity taste that is accentuated by a smooth finish. Slowly, Pinot Noir from Washington State is becoming popular all over the country, and it is only a matter of time before it also becomes globally famous, like the other wines from the American Northwest.

Is Pinot Noir Wine Dry or Sweet?

In general, Pinot Noir wine is a dry, light-bodied wine with low tannins and is slightly acidic. This is what makes it smooth and easy to consume.

How Should Pinot Noir Be Served?

  • Like most red wines, Pinot Noir is best served slightly chilled at about 55°F.
  • To get a full sense of the aroma, use a tall cylindrical bell-shaped wine glass.
  • Once opened, Pinot Noir should be consumed within 24 hours.

How to Pair Pinot Noir with Food

Because Pinot Noir is a well-balanced, light-bodied wine with low tannins and moderate acidity, it pairs with several foods, including chicken, pork, duck, fish, and steak.  Other great pairings for Pinot Noir include:

  • Charcuterie
  • Grilled veggies
  • Patés
  • Roasted meats, like ham, turkey, or goose
  • Salads
  • Soft, aromatic cheeses, such as brie or goat cheese

Wines To Try

If you want to try great Washington State Pinot Noir wines from Columbia Valley, you will not go wrong with the selections below. They are all very affordable and of high quality.

  • 2019 RAINSTORM PINOT NOIR
  • 2018 RAINSTORM PINOT NOIR
  • 2019 RAINSTORM PINOT GRIS
  • 2020 RAINSTORM PINOT NOIR ROSÉ

Pacific Rim & Company knows a lot about Pinot Noir and the grapes needed to make it.  Try a bottle for yourself and see what others are raving about.  You can call Pacific Rim & Company at 1-503-863-5454 to speak with a knowledgeable staff member about Washington State Wines.

Time Posted: Apr 20, 2022 at 7:17 AM Permalink to Why You Have to Try Washington State Pinot Noir Wine Permalink

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