2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Cheese Marketplace – Artisan Cheese Selection & a wine from Germany Marketplace

On our second visit the Cheese Marketplace – we ordered the second food option (really, there are only two)…

Artisan Cheese Selection – La Bonne Vie Triple Creme Brie served with Apricot Jam, Beecher’s Flagship Reserve served with Honey, and Wyngaard Goats Gouda with Craisin Bread

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the featured pairing is with Once Upon a Vine’s A Charming Pinot, we decided to include the J&H Sellbach Berkasteler Kurfurstlay Riesling Kabinett (why? because it was on our list of “must have”)

The Pinot Noir smelled like a cabernet to me, there wasn’t any fruitiness or fullness that I’ve come to expect from a Pinot Noir. It really wasn’t very good without food… it really wasn’t very good with the cheese, any of them.

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The Kabinett Riesling was better than the Pinot Noir with and without food. Nick said it was sweeter than he typically likes Riesling and I thought there was a bit more acidity (dryness?) than I typically like – this wine was a better choice for us than the Pinot Noir. It was much more pleasing and easier to drink with and without food.

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Let’s start with the brie; this cheese wasn’t good with either wine. It was a very mild, bland and uninteresting cheese. The accompanying apricot jam was nice with the Riesling. The Pinot was just a bust with this cheese.

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The second cheese (I’m guessing it’s a cheddar based on the flavor profile even though the website for Bleecher’s doesn’t say it’s a cheddar) was better than the first or the third cheeses. There wasn’t anything exciting or interesting about it – it was a nicely aged and salty cheddar. The Pinot didn’t go with this one either.

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The last cheese, the gouda (although I’ve never had a gouda so chalky and salty) paired better with the Reisling than with that darned Pinot Noir. The piece of bread we were give was a rusk (better suited to teething babies).

Cheese Selection at Cheese Booth - 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - 4 Frankly, this was a bust for us… the featured pairing was not good, the cheeses weren’t interesting at all… save your money and get some cheese and wine somewhere else

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