Techniques » Pairing Cheese with Wine
Rules are meant to be broken, according to second-generation cheesemongers Brian & Brad Wasik of The Cheese Shop in Wellesley, MA. But understanding why specific wines work well with certain types of cheeses is valuable information. A few rules, along with a wine education, enhance the already wonderful experience of tasting the finest cheeses from around the world.
Brad & Brian Wasik
As proprietors of one of the busiest and oldest full-service cheese counters in the country, the Wasik family has quietly and dutifully set the standard for serving the highest caliber of cheese in the industry. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, The Cheese Shop (known to the locals as Wasik’s) is an old-time family business where cheeses are nurtured and matured under proper conditions, selected for and matched to a customer’s needs, and cut to order at the time of sale to insure freshness. While their primary intent is to serve as the neighborhood’s source of the finest gourmet cheeses and other specialty foods--such as olive oil, vinegar, sea salt, coffee, tea, preserves, chocolate, chutney, charcuterie, and caviar--the demand for their cheese selections and gift baskets has grown nationwide. With their website, they aim to meet this growing demand with the same individual attention they have shown customers in the store for almost a half century.