Hi, Chowhound oenophiles.
On a recent trip to the West Coast, we toured some wineries in the Carneros (Napa/Sonoma border) region and bought some bottles of lovely local Pinot Noir.
We're having a few friends over late tonight to drink a few bottles of this wine with us, and I wanted to ask the local cognoscenti about suggested cheese pairings. I've already laid in a hunk of nice ripe Brie, and I have some lovely soft pears to serve. Also some good bread and some rice crackers.
The wine itself (I am not a wine connoisseur, but here goes) has a somewhat spicy taste and aroma, with definite "berry" tones on the palate and a slightly floral aspect to the bouquet as well. (Do I sound like a complete idiot yet? I always feel like such a yutz when I try to talk about wine.)
Anyway, it's a mighty tasty Pinot Noir, and if you've got ideas for cheeses to show it off to its best advantage I would be delighted to hear them. There are a couple of really good cheese shops within easy walking distance of me, so don't be afraid to recommend something a little obscure.
Thanks in advance.