Archive for May, 2012

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May
12

Accessories: She was two drinks away from proving his mother right!

MagnetFrom time to time, finding the perfect gift means being able to laugh at one’s self. One of our magnet lines is perfect for that smile, “She was two drinks away from proving his mother right!”

For those easily offended, go ahead and make the rest of the world smile in satisfaction!

19
May
12

Michael David Winery Tasting on June 06, 2012

Lodi Valley of California has a long and mostly understated history in the wine world. During prohibition, many of the vineyards in Lodi Valley shipped grapes around the nation with instructions on how to prevent your grapes from turning into wine.

During the course of history, the vineyards survived to a ripened age of maturity while remaining under the radar of the world. Today Lodi Valley is putting themselves back on the map with the help of stellar wines from Wineries such as the Michael David Winery. MDW consistently produces wines that are huge and hypnotic maximizing the power of the fruit in the bottle.

Once you try MDW’s product, you’re certain to continue seeking it out. On June 06, 2012 we will host a reception in our little shop featuring Michael David Winery with a representative from the winery and a selection of their wines. We will tempt your senses with the Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite-Petit, Incognito White, and Earthquake Zinfandel to mention a few.

 

If you’re interested in creating a new addiction to some mighty fine wines, drop us an e-mail at Chrstopher@christopherswineandcheese.com and we’ll get back with you to make the necessary arrangements for a reservation for that Wednesday night!

 

11
May
12

Cheese information for the lactose intolerant

I recently stumbled upon this article on the blogsite Cheese 101 and found it fascinating and informative. I wanted to pass this information on to you as you so you would never fear to buy and cut the cheese at home!

Cheese 101: Lactose  and Cheese

by marcella on Apr 1, 2012

Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk. The Oxford Companion to Food defines lactose as “the main and almost the sole sugar in milk…composed of the simple sugars dextrose and galactose.” The Oxford Companion goes on to describe how lactose is digested: “Splitting lactose into these two sugars is the first stage in digesting it, and is done with the aid of the enzyme lactase.” (1)

As lactose ferments during the cheese making process, it is converted into lactic acid. When this occurs, the separation of curds from the whey begins. This happens naturally in raw milk; however, pasteurized milk does not contain the necessary bacteria to cause consistent fermentation. Most cheesemakers rely on starter cultures with bacteria to start and control the process. Most of the lactic acid stays with the whey. The small amount left behind with the curds further dissipates as the cheese ages.

Cheeses aged more than six months contain such an insignificant amount of lactic acid as to be considered “lactose-free”. Many cheese makers advertise their cheese as “Naturally Lactose-Free” including  Oltermanni Baby Muenster from Finlandia and many of the Gouda-Style cheeses made by Beemster.

Because lactose is a sugar, on the ingredient label of cheese, if the amount of sugar listed is “0″, then you can be assured that the cheese is indeed lactose-free. Several cheeses advertise themselves as “Lactose-Free”

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that one animal’s milk is easier to digest than another. For example, one cup of cow milk contains 11 grams of lactose and one cup of goat milk contains 9 grams of lactose.

Some people who believe they are lactose-intolerant are actually allergic to milk; however, the term lactose-intolerant has gained so much in popularity that many confuse the two conditions.

(1) From: http://www.netplaces.com/cheese/cheese-nutrition/what-about-lactose.htm

06
May
12

Wine on the mountain!

Wine, CHeese, and Food PairingsChristopher’s Wine & Cheese is on the grow again! We’re about to start a re-set of our floor space to accommodate you and your wine and culinary needs more thoroughly again! Every year about this time, we explore new products and concepts to help make our little shop a bigger, more exciting adventure for you to explore your palate with!

Within the next month, we will be locking into a new product line that promises to be among the most exciting things for people who enjoy not only wine, but food as well! In the same breath, we’re exploring doing cooking demonstrations with wine makers showing both the food loving aspects of the wines and how we go about matching the wine to the food and the food to the wine!

All in all, things are cranking up and the azaleas and rhododendron are cracking the hold winter had on the mountain; inspiring us to provide you a better experience with every visit to our little shop of Wine, Cheese, and Food… keep an eye on what we’re doing as soon we hope to be announcing some exciting events to take place here at the best little wine shop on the mountain!

-Christopher

05
May
12

Wine on the mountain!

Wine, CHeese, and Food PairingsChristopher’s Wine & Cheese is on the grow again! We’re about to start a re-set of our floor space to accommodate you and your wine and culinary needs more thoroughly again! Every year about this time, we explore new products and concepts to help make our little shop a bigger, more exciting adventure for you to explore your palate with!

Within the next month, we will be locking into a new product line that promises to be among the most exciting things for people who enjoy not only wine, but food as well! In the same breath, we’re exploring doing cooking demonstrations with wine makers showing both the food loving aspects of the wines and how we go about matching the wine to the food and the food to the wine!

All in all, things are cranking up and the azaleas and rhododendron are cracking the hold winter had on the mountain; inspiring us to provide you a better experience with every visit to our little shop of Wine, Cheese, and Food… keep an eye on what we’re doing as soon we hope to be announcing some exciting events to take place here at the best little wine shop on the mountain!

-Christopher




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