A heavenly snack
Wine o’clock is a pleasant 6pm ritual involving a leftover wine of the day, a light snack and the six o’clock news. During lockdown, the knock-off time was brought forward by an hour, but we reverted to 6pm once it was over.
I enjoy the chance to taste and discuss my chosen daily wine rather than review it alongside similar styles on my tasting table. It is also a chance to try my wine of the day with food.The stand-out wine match was definitely pinot gris with just a hint of sweetness.
Although we vary the snacks and try to choose something that is wine-friendly, we have got into a bit of rut over the past 2 to 3 weeks with an absolutely delicious combination of thinly-sliced pear and gorgonzola dolce cheese on a cracker. The salt and acid tang of the cheese contrast wonderfully with the delicately sweet and refreshing pear. My mouth is watering at the thought of it.
It works well with chardonnay, semillon and chenin blanc. Even better with dry or off-dry riesling, viognier, fino sherry and rosé. Not so well with red wine, particularly astringent red wine.
But the stand-out wine match was definitely pinot gris with just a hint of sweetness. Trust me, this is a match made in heaven. The pear and wine have a similar taste and texture while the cheese contrasts nicely with both, amplifying their flavours. We have tried two types of pear, Beurre Bosc and Packham, but I really do not have a preference—both are superb.
The pear should be ripe, slightly chilled and thinly sliced. I think that neutral crackers work best, which is not highly flavoured or excessively salty.