A grilled cheese sandwich made with Gruyre and a layer of Luxardo cherry preserve will send you to the moon. Now take a sip of the Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni blend and you will continually crave this combination of flavors. Lately Ive been serving mini grilled cheese sandwiches to my guests as an appetizer. I make the grilled cheese as discussed above and when theyre ready I simply cut the crusts off. These delights are then cut in quarters and served with this luscious Italian red wine.

Gruyre is a sweet and nutty as well as a bit earthy Cows milk cheese originally from Switzerland. Its now made in quite a few countries including the United States and is readily available at your local store. When aged up to a year, Gruyre becomes more robust and the earthy components increase. If you can find the cave aged Gruyre, go for it. The flavors become almost beefy and deliver a different joy to your palate when paired with this intricate red wine.

Gruyre has a rich nose and so does the Tentuta di Castiglioni. Use your Snozz to take in the aromas of both. Then make The Cheese Highway on your tongue with the cheese and take a swallow of the wine. The complex flavors of this proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot accentuentates the complex taste of creamy, earthy, sweet and nuttiness in the cheese. The cheese highlights the spices of clove, cinnamon, vanilla, along with the rich juicy tannins and fruit the wine delivers so nicely.

Share this tasty cheese and wine pairing with your guests by serving the Gruyre sliced with little pieces of crusty Italian bread. Then serve the mini grilled Gruyre sandwiches and youll have a room filled with very happy friends and family.