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New Year’s Eve 2017 Cheese Guide

We adore a good cheese plate any time, but particularly at important holiday parties like those that mark the end of one year and the start of another. Here’s the cheese we’re purveying in our Healdsburg store in honor of 2017’s completion. Come get some!

Rush Creek Reserve, Uplands Cheese, Wisconsin ($35/lb)
Bound in spruce bark, this soft, young, cow’s milk cheese has a silky texture with notes of smoke, beef broth, and grass. A seasonal favorite made only in autumn as the diet of the cows begins to change to winter’s dry hay.

Rogue River Blue, Rogue Creamery, Oregon ($50/lb)
This cow’s milk cheese is wrapped in grape leaves that have been soaked in pear brandy. The blue veining lends hints of hazelnuts and fruit; the paste becomes slightly crystallized as it ages.

Black Betty Aged Goat Gouda, Fromagerie L’Amuse, Holland ($35/lb)
Every year, Betty Koster sets aside a small trove of her treasured goat gouda. All of the caramel, grassy elements are intensified in this limited run beauty.

Mimolette Aged 24 Months, France ($28/lb)
This semi-hard cow’s milk cheese is produced in six-pound spheres with a bright, orange-colored interior. Sometimes called the “Halloween Cheese,” its taste is gloriously sweet, yet uncommonly tame for such a cheese.

Stilton, Colton Bassett, England ($33/lb)
This blue cheese is made with the milk of four dairies still using original pasturelands from the 1920s. Towards the center of the wheel, the profile is bright with a vibrant fruity tang. Closer to the rind, the flavor becomes earthy and savory.

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New Year’s Eve 2017 Sparkling Wine Guide

While we love sparkling wine any time of year, there’s no question that the holiday season is the time to break out the bubbly. Whether you’re enjoying oysters to start your NYE dinner at SHED Cafe, or picking up a bottle in our Healdsburg store on the way to the party, we offer a great selection of sparkling wines to bring in 2018!

 Here are a few favorites with tasting notes from SHED Beverage and Café Manager Patricia Philitsa:

Larmandier-Bernier Rosé De Saignée-Champagne 1er Cru Extra-Brut, NV, Champagne ($78) A Pinot Noir rosé, and favored with rich fish, this is a berries-and-cream wonder that stands up nicely to heavier fare.

Larmandier-Bernier Vieille Vigne De Cramant, 2007, Champagne ($100)
Fresh and complex, this blanc de blanc is a true treat when paired with our local Dungeness crab.

Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc De Blancs Extra-Brut, NV, Champagne ($65)
An extra Brut charmer, this lower-cost sparkling is a perfect complement to shellfish dishes.

Raventos i Blanc, De Nit, 2015, Penedès, Spain ($28)
This Catalonian Cava is a dry sparkler that can fuel a party as well as it can an intimate dinner.

Roederer L’Ermitage Rosé 2009, Anderson Valley ($75)
This Champagne-style blush sparkler from nearby Anderson Valley is a perfect foil to that wild-caught salmon you’ve been hungry for.

Signal Ridge, Tiny Pink Bubbles, Sparkling Wine, Anderson Valley ($26)
Naming it one of its top 100 wines, the San Francisco Chronicle praises Signal Ridge’s Tiny Pink Bubbles as “the wine to beat in American bubbles.”

Davis Family Rosé de Noir, 2014, Russian River Valley ($60)
Made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes from cool climate Dutton Ranch in Russian River Valley. This limited production sparkling rosé is light and elegant with nuanced layers of orange blossom, rose petal, and bright Bing cherry.

Check out Patricia’s list of favorite Thanksgiving wines for more holiday options.