It’s that time of the year again. Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you need to make reservations months ahead for that fancy new restaurant. Show your sweetheart that you love them with a fun romantic night of intentional conversation over a beautiful and indulgent wine and cheese board. May we suggest Rubschlager’s wine and cheese pairings.

White Wine / Cheese / Rubschlager Bread

Sauvignon Blanc

The taste of this wine is different than any other white wine because of it’s green and herbal flavors. These herbaceous qualities will make this a favorite for your vegetarian lover. This bright and light bodied wine will pair well and not overpower the subtleties of a Monterey jack cheese.

For a slightly more indulgent treat, serve a creamier cheese such as drunken goat. Drunken Goat is made from the pasteurized milk of local Murciana goats in the town of Jumilla in Murcia, Spain. Drunken Goat wheels are soaked for two to three days in “doble pasta” or “double paste” wine, thus the “vino” portion of its name. Doble Pasta wine is a richer, more heavy wine, due in part to the fact that it’s made by fermenting the wine twice.

The cheese is then aged for two and a half months and retains a really pleasant semi-soft texture, and a lingering creaminess).  For this pairing, we recommend experimenting with any of our breads, but we enjoyed it most with our Sourdough cocktail bread or European style whole grain square bread.

Riesling

A lighter bodied and very aromatic wine, a Riesling will enhance the smells and flavors of your Romantic night. With a tart taste and a hint of sweetness, we found that a spicy more powerful cheese like aged Gouda pairs the best. Like the Sauvignon Blanc, we recommend trying this pairing with our Danish pumpernickel square bread or rye cocktail or pumpernickel bread

Red Wine / Cheese / Rubschlager Bread

Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely known wines, Cabernet Sauvignon makes for a great option at any Valentine’s Day dinner. Cabs are usually very full bodied with hints of dark fruits and herbs. Pairing a cab with a bolder cheese, like a purple moon cheese* or a very sharp very aged cheddar will bring out the lively qualities of a stronger cheese. For this pairing, we suggest our rye or pumpernickel cocktail bread that will match up well with the bolder tastes of the wine and cheese.

Zinfandel

If you are looking to add a little more spice to your night, a Zinfandel wine is a great addition to your romantic evening. Often with hints of black pepper and dark jams, Zinfandels explode with candied fruitiness and follow with a spice or smoky flavor. To pair well with this spicy flavor, we suggest pairing this wine with a jalapeno infused cheese, a nice manchego or smoked gouda. To support the full flavors of the wine and cheese, we suggest pairing this with our pumpernickel cocktail or Westphalian pumpernickel square breads.

 

Enjoy discovering  which Rubschlager bread will pair best with your Valentine’s Day menu! Happy Valentine’s day!

 

*Purple Moon is a six-month old Cheddar made by Fiscalini Farms in California that has been soaked in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The interior of the cheese is creamy white, with a purple marbled exterior. The six month old cheese has sharp cheddar taste complemented by the sweet taste from the Cabernet Sauvignon