Here’s a festive, delicious and easy recipe that travels well because you put it together when you get to your holiday party. I served this at Elder’s Ace Hardware Christmas Open House in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a three hour trip from our home. I simply packed my Palmetto Pimento Cheese in a cooler and took some of our Strawberry Vanilla Spread and the rest of my supplies in a basket.
Greatness starts in the field.
To make something great, you have to start with something great.
Its been a dry summer so far here in north Georgia wine county, but the grapes are coming along nicely and the vineyard managers are hoping for a great harvest.
We have simple recipes, with ingredients you can pronounce, so its really necessary to start with great fruit.
Staying true to our core beliefs, all of our products are made from fruit that grows in our region.
We’re fortunate that that the mountains of Georgia are the perfect climate for a variety of wine grapes and we get to enjoy watching the vines change throughout the year and sometimes even help our winery friends at the harvest.
Our Vineyard Spread and Vineyard Fire are both made with Chambourcin that we source from a local winery here on the Unicoi Wine Trail. Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid grape and grows well in our region.
For a true Georgia mountain entertaining experience, serve Vineyard Fire with soft and creamy goat cheese, and a local wine from one of the many vineyards here in our area. Our current local crushes, pun intended, are Habersham Winery 2014 Chambourcin, Serenity Cellars Traminette and The Cottage Vineyard and Winery 2014 Vidal Blanc and Stonewall Creek 2015 Yukari.
Come visit the wineries on the Unicoi Wine Trail and tell them The Jelly People sent you.
Cheese pairings with our locally sourced jams is something we love to share with friends, so when we were invited to be a part of the filming of Appetites and Anglers at Stonewall Creek Vineyards, we stopped by Ingles Markets on the way for supplies.
We started in the produce area and picked up some juicy grapes. Next up was our crunch element, so we got a scoop of almonds from the bulk section en route to bakery for a baked-in-store fresh, whole wheat baguette.
Cheese, glorious cheese, was next.
Ingles has an extensive specialty cheese section and their buyers source cheese from all over the world, so we had a lot of choices.
Clark and I each picked three cheeses and this is how we paired them with our spreads.
Chaumes with Salted Caramel Peach. Get this cheese, soft, smooth and nutty, you won’t regret this choice.
BelGioioso Sharp Provolone with Apple Cider Pepper Spread. A crowd favorite!
Landana Milk Goat Cheese with Vineyard Fire. Mild goat cheese is a nice choice for a crowd
Supreme Creamy Soft Ripened Cheese with Vineyard Spread. Rich and satisifying
We also enjoyed Applegate Uncured Genoa Salami as part of our cheese plates.
I challenge you to try a new cheese, share it with friends and pair it with Unicoi Preserves. Let me know what pairing you create.