Is there anything better on a cold winter day than a grilled cheese sandwich?
I think not!
My Mom made a great grilled cheese — sometimes with plain white bread, and sometimes with buttermilk bread made at my folks’ bakery.
(As one who grew up in a family-owned bakery, I’m very picky about bread. I can’t eat the mass-produced stuff you find in supermarkets. I’ve been eating “artisan” bread my entire life, long before anyone even used the term “artisan” in conjunction with bread.)
As an adult, I’ve typically made my own sandwiches with a hearty wheat or multi-grain bread and medium-sharp cheddar cheese.
I’ve also enjoyed some of the “grown-up” versions served at restaurants, like those described in this blog from Eatocracy (http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/01/09/best-wines-for-grilled-cheese/).
Check out the wine pairing suggestions that accompany the sandwich descriptions. I’m not familiar with some of the specific wines mentioned, but the wine types mentioned are spot-on.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve been motivated to go fix a grilled cheese with Gruyere and grilled onions… and uncork a bottle of off-dry Riesling.
Now that’s my idea of comfort food…
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Do you have a favorite “style” of grilled cheese sandwich that you like to eat with wine? And what type of wine? Share your experiences in the Comments box below.