Fruit, Cheese and Wine
The season for comic pears is short. If you can find these pears at the grocery store – buy them.They are wonderful – sweet and very juicy! They bruise easily though, so be careful when you’re handling them. Choose fruit that is still firm and after a few days they will be perfect for eating. Mmmm.
Sliced Comice, Stilton Cheese & Ruby Port
Comice is a heavenly sweet pear that is custard-like in texture when ripe. It’s an especially good dessert pear with full-bodied flavor.
Stilton is a very strong blue cheese with a salty, slightly chalky or grainy texture. This cheese will contrast nicely with the sweet and strong Comice pear flavor.
Ruby Port is a rich wine with ripe berry flavors that partner wonderfully with the sweeter pear. The Port’s rich body contrasts with the strong forward texture of the blue cheese.
Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port
Deep garnet color. Aromas of ripe plums and cherries with a hint of chocolate. Flavors of ripe berries and cocoa with a hint of tobacco and earth. complex, good structure and a long, smooth finish. This wine is always a crowd pleaser – even with those who think port is too sweet. $20 from wine.com.
Comice, Roquefort Cheese & Sauternes
Comice pears are smooth and sweet with full flavors. Roquefort cheese is sharp, rich, musty and has a mellow finish. The wine is bold and tannic with a rich body and smooth finish.
2007 Petit-Vedrines, Sauternes
Straw color. Aromas of pear, honey, stone fruit and a hint of citrus. Flavors of burnt sugar, marmalade and lemon with slight hint of spice. Full fruit finish.
Second label from Doisy-Vedrines. Its first label wine got 94-96 points from Robert Parker for the 2007. This is a great value! Previously $25 at K & L, now $20.
Serving suggestions from pearsusa.com