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United States of Wine

Friday, May 20th, 2011

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It needs only two ingredients to make wine – yeast and grape juice. Wine can actually be made with any juice, but the majority is made from grapes. During fermentation process, the yeast converts sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The yeast has impact on the taste of wine as well. Factors like strain of yeast or the temperature during fermentation play an important role in forming the wine’s flavor. The type of grapes, soil and climate effect taste as well.

Considering the great diversity in American landscapes and climates it is quite surprising that there are in fact wineries in all 50 states. States like California, New York and Washington are well known to be produce lots of wine, but you might be surprised at the quality of wines made in cold Alaska, tropical Florida and everywhere else in America.

The American wine industry is growing and increasingly reflects the diversity of gourmet food. But when it comes to wine and food its often best to stick to the most classic paring of all – Wine & Cheese!

This delicious pairing brings out the best in each. Pairing wines and cheese is simple.

White wines go best with soft & stronger cheeses. Red wines make a perfect match with milder flavored and hard cheeses. The ground rule is – the more pungent the cheese, the sweeter the wine should be.

For your perfect wine & cheese indulgence, we’ve collected some pairing ideas for any occasion:

Wine and Brie Cheese

Cheese with Sweet Wines

Rich Brie & Creamy Port

Wines to serve with raclette

Wine, Cheese and Fruit

Sauvignon Blanc and Cheese

Tart-sweet Cranberries & Creamy Brie

Summertime Cheese and Fruity wines