July Cheese and Wine of the Month

The summer weather is here and now it’s the perfect time to indulge in the bold and decadent flavors of the season. Enjoy great food with friends and family and make this summer one of your finest. We’ve chosen this month’s cheese and wine with the intent of spoiling you. So take a look and then stop in to get them and enjoy with loved ones.

Cheese of the Month:

Saint André Triple Creme Soft-Ripened Cheese

If summer is the perfect time to indulge in bold, rich flavors then Saint André Triple Creme does not disappoint. This French cheese, made from pasteurized cow’s milk, offers a deliciously buttery taste. If you’re looking to treat yourself this summer, this is one cheese you’ll want to have on your plate. Just listen to this dreamy description from Ile De France,

“As dense as pure butter and with the richest of flavors, the tongue-pleasing salty tang derives from the ocean air blowing through the pâturages of the Normandy coast. Produced in the shadow of the mystical island of Mont Saint-Michel, St. André cheese is just as breathtaking as the landscape of the surrounding Cotentin Peninsula” (Ile De France, St. André, www.iledefrancecheese.com).

In other words, yum. Be sure to pick up Saint André Triple Creme today.

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Wine of the Month:

Château Grande Cassagne Rosé

This Rosé, originating from France, will make a great addition to your summer table. Rosé wines are ideal to have on hand in the summer as you enjoy a variety of foods, often all at once. Maybe you’re having steak, seafood and salad at your next house party, so grabbing a delicious Rosé to keep the palate nice and balanced is a no-brainer. Adding a fruit bowl to that dinner? Try also adding some fruit such as raspberries, strawberries or orange to your Rosé to give it just the right touch. Château Grande Cassagne Rosé boasts tangy cherry and blood orange flavors with hints of spice. Just the right flavors to match the feeling of summer.

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May Cheese and Wine of the Month

The weather is certainly warming up and we’re about to jump into summer, which means more time with friends and family to enjoy the outdoors and great food. If you’re looking for some delicious picks to bring to your next party, cookout, or just to enjoy on your patio, (warm sunshine, a cat or dog around, a candle lit, a bottle of wine and a delicious cheese to pair. Man, we love summer!), give our May cheese and wine of the month a try. Both this month’s cheese and wine have hints of the sea, which are sure to remind you of being on a beach far, far away.

May Cheese of the Month:

SeaHive, by Beehive Cheese Co.

This award-winning cheese is true to its name. Hand-rubbed with honey and sea salt, this delicious treat of a cheese is one you’re sure to enjoy. SeaHive’s flavors are well-balanced and made from the milk of Jersey cows in Northern Utah. Enjoy this smooth, creamy cheese with hoppy ales or a fruity white wine. SeaHive is now available in our cheese section.

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May Wine of the Month:

SeaGlass Riesling 2012

SeaGlass Riesling is deliciously balanced with sweet fruit flavors and floral aromas. This soft Riesling features hints of peach, pear and honey. Enjoy this west coast wine with seafood such as lobster and smoked salmon. It can also be paired well with spicy Asian dishes or ribs, as well as blue cheese. You can find SeaGlass Riesling in our wine section.

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These delicious picks of the month are available in-store now. Bring them home to enjoy with friends and family or as you relax after work.

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April Cheese & Wine of the Month

With the weather quickly warming up, we think it’s time for your food to as well. This month, we’ve selected a cheese and wine with warm coloring, flavors and excellent quality. Take a look and inspire your taste buds this April.

This month’s cheese pick is from Moondarra Cheese. Moondarra is an Australian based company known for quality, fresh ingredients and innovative flavored cheeses. Their honey and pistachio cheese is no exception. This quality cheese is rolled in honey and covered in pistachio. With a smooth, creamy texture, it’s the perfect spreadable cheese for a party or gathering.

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Looking for a spin on traditional wine? Try our wine of the month, Sweet Pea Apple Wine. This wine is a refreshing detour from traditional grape wines. With the fresh taste of Washington apples, natural peach and hints of blackberries and strawberries, Sweet Pea features a crisp and clean finish, similar to a Riesling. It’s the perfect kick-off to spring and the upcoming summer. Grab this light and fruity wine, some friends, and enjoy a relaxing evening on the patio.

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Events on the Hill: April – June Calendar of Events Available!

Our calendar of events for the months of April – June is now available! Take a look and find an exciting event at Hill Country Market or at the other businesses that share our location, such as: WildRoots Salon & Studio, Turning Leaf Acupuncture, and our sister company, Breezy Hill Nursery. We’d love to have you join us!

Click the image to see the calendar in full size.

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If an event asks you to pre-register, please do so as some events have limited space or require extra preparation to ensure that there are supplies/food/etc. available for you when you attend. Thank you.

(The calendar of events is also available in-store at the register).

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Reminder: HCM’s Monthly Wine Tasting Tomorrow!

There’s still time to sign up for our popular monthly wine tasting. Enjoy an evening out, relax, taste wines from Wisconsin, and enjoy delectable appetizers created by our kitchen. We’d love to have you join us!

Bring a friend, (or a few), and come out to the market!

Wine tasting with appetizers: Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Event is $15/person. You’ll also receive a coupon for $5 off in the store for the evening. Call 262.537.4867 to sign up. *Must be 21 or older to attend.

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March Cheese and Wine of the Month

We’ve finally made it to March, which means spring weather will soon be on it’s way! In preparation for the warmer weather and flavors of spring, we’ve chosen a tastefully fruity combination for our cheese and wine of the month. You won’t want to miss these delicious flavors.

March Cheese of the Month: 

Clawson, Sunburst, White Stilton with Dried Apricots

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This tasty, mild, White Stilton cheese is coupled with sweet pieces of dried apricots. The combination creates a delightful sweetness which makes this an ideal dessert cheese.

Sunburst is made in England and is created with milk from local farms.

Pairing Sunburst with a favorite white wine is an ideal way to relax at the end of the day.

March Wine of the Month:

Arona, Sauvignon Blanc

Arona_Sauvignon BlancWebWith hints of passion fruit, citrus, and pineapple, this New Zealand wine is sure to delight. It’s a well-balanced wine that you can enjoy with seafood or chicken dishes as well as salads and appetizers. Arona’s unique and complex flavors have made this a popularly known wine that is great for a quiet night on the patio or to share at a party or gathering.

Arona is also a certified sustainable wine.

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Stop in today and get these wonderful flavors to enjoy and remind you of the coming spring season!

You can find our cheese and wine of the month in-store. Just look for the wine of the month and cheese of the month labels or ask an employee the next time you’re in.

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Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

Some fresh ideas are always welcome at the New Year. Here’s a tasty, (and healthy), Salsa-Braised Kale recipe to enjoy. Not into kale? Give it a try! You may be surprised.

Nutritional Value: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium.

Yum Value: Extremely Tasty.

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If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Have a recipe you’d like to share? Please do! We’d love to hear from you.

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February Cheese and Wine of the Month

It’s certainly February with frigid temps and snow storms. Luckily, here in Wisconsin, we know the way to enjoy these rough wintry days. Enjoying a tasty cheese and great bottle of wine is one of our favorite ways to relax in the winter. So, here is Hill Country Market’s pick of cheese and wine for February to help with the winter blues.

February Cheese of the Month:Purple Haze Cheese with Wine

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If you’re looking for a unique spin on cheese, look no further than Cypress Grove’s Purple Haze cheese. Purple Haze combines flavors of lavender and wild fennel pollen. This award-winning goat cheese packs a flavorful punch and is a delicious addition to a fresh salad with berries and toasted pecans. It’s also a great one to experiment with pairing options and have fun using it to develop unique culinary creations.

February Wine of the Month:

Aquinas Pinot Noir

February Wine of the MonthThis well-balanced Pinot Noir is sure to become a favorite. Aquinas aptly describes their Pinot Noir as having, “aromas of cherry reduction, strawberry, vanilla and subtle clove notes. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is full of fresh cranberry flavors with intricate notes of raspberry tart and toasted marshmallow,” (www.aquinasnapavalley.com). In other words, this Pinot Noir is pretty much delicious. It’s also a great wine to serve with a variety of dishes. To enjoy some great pairing flavor, try it with dishes that involve fennel, mushroom, fresh veggies, or goat cheese.

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You can find this month’s cheese and wine in-store. Simply look for the wine of the month and cheese of the month labels or feel free to ask one of our employees to point them out.

We hope you are able to take a moment to enjoy a great wine and cheese to scare off any of those winter blues and warm up with some delicious flavor!

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November Cheese and Wine of the Month

As we enter the holiday season, having a great choice of wine and cheese on hand for parties and gatherings is a must. Let us get you started with our November cheese and wine of the month.

Our cheese choice is Rembrandt Extra Aged Gouda from Holland. If you enjoy cheese with smooth, bold flavor, this is it. This cheese is great to set out for the holidays with crackers or in shavings with a good wine.

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Looking for a budget-friendly wine that your guests will love? Try our wine of the month, Ménage à Trois’ California Red Wine. This well-balanced red is a popular addition to any party or gathering and is sure to become a favorite!

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If you have any questions or are looking for ideas for other great holiday drinks and food, feel free to give us a call at 262.537.4867.

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October Cheese and Wine of the Month!

 

We cannot believe it’s October already! The weather is changing and we’re excited for all the delicious fall foods that are now available. With the start of a new month, it’s also time for our cheese and wine of the month.

2014 Cheese of the monthOur cheese pick for October is an authentic Asiago. Today, Asiago is made with unpasteurized cow’s milk. It’s rich in flavor and great for salads, soups, pasta, sauces, panini’s and more. Asiago can easily take the place of Romano, Aged Gouda, or Parmesan in most recipes.

Try this Asiago in a grilled cheese combined with some Havarti and enjoy with a tasty tomato soup and you’ll have made a popular food dish all the more mouth-watering.

 

 

A great pairing with this month’s cheese is “Fiction” red wine. Fruity but with spicy notes, this wine is great for pairing with a variety of foods due to its subtle, but complex flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in trying the cheese of the month along with other unique cheese varieties? Join us for Hill Country Market’s Evening Cheese Hour, Wednesday, Oct. 8. Stop in anytime from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and enjoy a cheese tasting and talk to our cheese expert!

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Have some delicious recipes with Asiago cheese? Feel free to share in the comments below. We’d love to hear them!