California Dreaming: August Cheese and Wine of the Month

With all the sunny weather we’ve had lately, it makes all of us Wisconsinites feel like we’re in California. We’ve been enjoying lovely warm and sunny weather, delicious summertime foods and fresh produce, palm trees…ok, maybe not palm trees. But still, it’s been an uplifting week of weather. So, it’s only natural that we picked our cheese and wine of the month to fit the Californian mood.

(And don’t worry. While this cheese is pretty great, we all know that Wisconsin cheese is still king.)

Cheese of the Month:

Vella Cheese Co. Dry Monterey Jack Cheese

Vella’s award-winning Dry Monterey Jack Cheese is made like a fresh Monterey Jack and aged another 7-10 months. This balanced and mild cheese is suitable for a variety of uses and pairs well with both red and white wines (however, we’d like to recommend a delicious Pinot Noir). With a firm texture, pale yellow coloring and a sweet nutty flavor, it’s perfect for shredding over pasta or tacos or slicing up for a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich. Of course, it also makes for a great eating cheese with a glass of wine.

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Wine of the Month:

Pennywise, Pinot Noir, 2012

This deep ruby-hued wine offers rich aromas of rose petal, fresh-baked blueberry pie, wild cherry and toasted cedar. At first taste, a bit of tartness, which then mellows out to the taste of vanilla, French oak, wild huckleberry and toasted marshmallow. Ultimately, this wine wraps up with a playful balance of the flavors. Pennywise Pinot Noir’s rich flavor is perfect for winding down on a summer evening. Our recommendation: Pair with a Dry Monterey Jack grilled cheese sandwich topped with fruit preserves.

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Pick up our cheese and wine of the month and enjoy them for yourself! After all, now is the time to relax in the sun on your patio and chill out, man.

*Please drink Wine of the Month responsibly.

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Love cheese? Then don’t miss our FREE Cheese Tasting on Saturday, August 8th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm! Sample cheese from around the world that can be found in our great selection of cheeses at HCM. Discover something new so you can impress your guests at your next party with a fantastic and classy cheese plate.

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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.

Please drink wine of the month responsibly.

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April Beer of the Month

This month’s beer is an award-winning I.P.A. brought to you from Dark Horse Brewing Co. Located in Marshall, Michigan, Dark Horse Brewing Co. not only produces downright great quality beer, they work hard and have fun doing so. With unique labels and a straightforward approach to their beer, it’s certainly worth a taste.

Crooked Tree India Pale Ale

2015 Beer of the month

Stop in and pick up our beer of the month, Crooked Tree India Pale Ale, today.

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