Being that I live in close proximity to the Monroe Center, one of the perks is being near Cheese + Wine. If you haven't been to this shop, you really need to go.....the selection of wine and cheese are fantastic and well-priced, not to mention the meats, other grocery items, and home goods. After meeting the lovely owner, Vicki, she invited us in for a wine and cheese tasting evening as a date night.
The theme of the night was Organic Wines of Spain, France & Chile which was led by Raphaelle Pasquier from Ripe Wine Imports and Cheese + Wine's very own, Matt Natuzzi.
Upon arrival, you are welcomed with an 'opener' glass of bubbles. There was a breakdown of the scheduled pairings at each place setting. The table was set with beautifully and once everyone arrived, we were presented with our individual slate cheese boards.
Raphaelle and Matt were such a great team. They were informative without the pretentious air that tasting experts can sometimes present and interestingly moved through each pairing! We were given time to chat, take notes, enjoy the delicious baguettes from Choc o Pain, and savor our wine and cheese selections.
It was such a fun night out. Definitely a unique date night for my husband and I in lieu of a typical dinner out. Each pairing was fantastic and we were able to try new options for both wine and cheese selections. We left with three bottles that night! I highly recommend trying one of their pairing evenings--or at the very least, stopping in and asking one of their experts to recommend a pairing to bring home!
Stay tuned for some exciting news about an upcoming event with Little Hoboken and Cheese + Wine!
Attendance to this event was complimentary so that we could review & write this post. We thank our readers for helping us to support our local businesses so that we may support our work here on the blog.
xo Cassie & Melissa