Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 22, 2017 


Cheese any one?A popular party question is: if you 
were stranded on a deserted island what food would 
you want to have with you? What wine would you 
drink? I hope this island has crackers, because for 
me it would be champagne and cheese. There have 
been many articles written (and I have read a ton of 
them) on how to select cheese to go with wine. For 
me, however, any food goes with champagne, but 
not every cheese goes well with certain wines.

 Recently I hosted a wine and cheese party, always 
a great way to try new wines - everyone who attends 
has to bring a description of their cheese and why 
they selected it. A couple of pointers on selecting 
cheese and how to serve it: much like I have said 
“don’t put your wine in the fridge until you are ready 
to drink it”, don’t cut your cheese until you are ready 
to serve it. Cheese should always be served at room 
temperature, so take it out of the fridge about 30 
minutes before serving. Many French wines can be 
paired with cheeses from the same region, though 
there are many great cheeses produced stateside. 
My trick is to find a great local artisan cheese 
produced in the European style. Here are a few of 
my selections.

 Merlots are very popular right now, and San 
Simeon has an award-winner that would pair great 
with goat and/or all aged cheese. I love Domaine 
Carneros’ sparkling wine – it goes great with stilton, 
aged blues or gouda. Everyone’s favorite, Wild Horse 
Chardonnay, pairs nicely with a creamy cheese like 
a triple cream or camembert brie. How about a 
fruity Sangria? Bodega makes a very tasty one, and 
I suggest a pepper jack cheese on a Triscuit. Yes, a 
Triscuit cracker.

 I kept the wine prices under $20, and as far as 
the cheese goes you can expect to pay around $15 
to $20 for a nice portion. San Simeon Merlot is 
available at Vons for about $20. Domaine Carneros 
Sparkling Wine can be found at Gelsons for $28. 
Bodega Sangria is available at Whole Foods for $10. 
Wild Horse Chardonnay is in wide distribution, at 
grocery stores including Vons, for $12.

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TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills



1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt 

3 tablespoons light mayonnaise 

1/2 teaspoon curry powder 

1/8 teaspoon salt 

Pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste 

1 orange 

2 tart-sweet red apples, diced (about 2 cups) 

1 cup chopped celery 

1/3 cup golden raisins 

1/3 cup toasted walnut pieces, coarsely chopped


1. Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, curry powder, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl. Grate 2 
teaspoons zest from the orange and add to the dressing.

2. Using a sharp knife, cut off the peel and white pith from the orange. To make attractive 
segments, hold the orange over the bowl (to catch the juice) and slice between each segment and 
its surrounding membranes. Add apples, celery, raisins and walnuts; toss to combine.

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