The title Queso and Wine might trigger the thought of processed Velveeta cheese dip with a sickly sweet wine. Not in our home, where Spanish-style cheeses served with Spanish wines evoke thoughts of many pleasant food experiences. For example, a hot cheese dish paired with wine is a reminder of Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano serving continental Mexico City cuisine in Dallas, Texas. They offer a Cheese Panela (grilled Monterey cheese with Chorizo sausage, prepared specially at the table) that we paired with a glass of Tempranillo wine from Spain.
Viña Sol is a popular light white from Torres, ubiquitous in Spain and sometimes available in US cities. It is a delightful accompaniment to Tapas and we enjoy it with Manchego cheese and Iberian ham (the Spanish alternative to the Italian aperitif of cold Pinot Grigio paired with Parmesan cheese and Prosciutto).
As the summer swings into full force, a bottle of cold white wine with a some thinly sliced cheese and ham is the perfect way to bury the sun. Time to restock the wine cooler for the long summer ahead.