If you are looking for something to do on the weekends, wine tasting is an affordable and fun way to spend the afternoon. Chaddsford Winery in Chadds Ford, PA, hosts special events every month, including wine tasting, festivals, and in the summer they have live music outside where you can enjoy a glass of wine and listen to live music.
January's event was wine and cheese pairing. For $20, you get to taste 6-8 wines with 6-8 cheeses from a local dairy farm (September Farms), a basket of crackers to cleanse your pallet, and you also got to keep the glass. One of the staff members from the Tasting Room guides you through the tasting. Not bad for $20 bucks!
Last weekend my husband and I visited the winery and we were able to try 8 pairings of wine and cheese. Out of the eight pairings, there were two pairings that stood out. The first was Proprietors Reserve Red with September Farms Smoked Gouda. Proprietors Reserve Red is a light-bodied red wine with a red cherry and smoky flavor at the end. The smokiness of the gouda and the wine blended perfectly and it brought out the creaminess of the cheese. It was an excellent pairing. (Women...picture yourself sitting in front of the TV watching Bravo with a wheel of Smoked Gouda and a bottle of wine with a straw. Talk about heaven!)
The second pairing was Chaddsford White with September Farms Baby Swiss. Chaddsford White is a light, semi-sweet white wine. If you like sweeter wines like Rieslings or a Moscato, you may like it. This wine would be the next step up from the sweeter Moscato and towards the semi-sweet wines. You can drink this wine by itself, but when you added the baby swiss a creamy, nutty burst of flavor explodes in your mouth.
If you happen to stop by, ask for Michael O'Donnell, one of the Tasting Room Staff members. He happened to stumble onto the joys of wine a few years ago and can explain the wine to you in a simple, easy to understand, non-deer in headlights kind of way. He is great!