Monday, May 28, 2012

Wine & Cheese {plus a Giveaway!}

If I were to name for you the food items I could never grow tired of - good crusty bread, fresh mozzarella cheese, and roasted bell peppers would be near the top. Served together, it's an appetizer {but also a meal in itself} that's forefront at many of my family gatherings. Yet, any day of the week is occasion enough for me to enjoy them.
Your favorite cheese plate might look something like this, or it may be something completely different - maybe you like to serve cheese with fruit, or nuts? Instead of crusty bread, perhaps you like flatbreads, breadsticks, or just plain old crackers? Regardless of what's on your next cheese plate, if you're like me, you may struggle trying to figure out what the best beverage to serve with it is? The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has a very simple and fun to use Cheese Cupid Pairing Tool {which is available online, but also as a free iPhone app} that made deciding what to pair with my favorite cheese plate easy.
They've also just released a series of Cheese Cupid Cinema videos, which celebrate everyday life achievements through a Wisconsin Cheese and beverage pairing. This post gives you a small peek at my favorite pairing, but you can visit the Wisconsin Cheese Talk blog to see my guest post in it's entirety, featuring my recipe for Marinated Wisconsin Fresh Mozzarella & Roasted Sweet Bell Peppers.
In celebration of the release of the videos, and to help you get started on creating your own pairing, Cheese Cupid and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board are generously offering one of my readers $25 worth of Wisconsin cheese mailed right to your doorstep, free of charge. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below - your comment will count as two giveaway entries if you share which Cheese Cupid Cinema video you like best! The winner will be chosen at random on Friday June 1st. Please, don't forget to leave your email address in the comment form! Only US residents are eligible for the giveaway.
Disclosure: The Wisconsin Milk Board provided me with a stipend to cover any expenses incurred while creating this guest post for them. However, as always, all opinions and comments expressed here are solely my own.
UPDATE: The giveaway winner is ... Heather (Squirrel Bread) - Congrats to you! Thank you to everyone for participating and for all your great comments!

33 comments:

amy beth marantino said...

I like the Commute video

byard said...

The Commute video was my favorite. But the Test was a close second.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

The Test!

Jess said...

I also liked the Commute video...

Jenna said...

Oh goodness. I'd be pounds lighter without cheese. But less happy. ;)

squirrelbread said...

Two thumbs up on this post from a Wisconsin native, and naturally, cheese aficionado. Cheers!

squirrelbread said...

The promotion! Never turn down a good cheddar or Zin.

kelsey said...

This is awesome! I can't think of anything better than a cheese giveaway!

Kari said...

As a Wisconsin girl, I can't think of anything better than Wisconsin cheese.

Carol said...

I just love cheese. This is my perfect giveaway!

Unknown said...

love the promotion video--except this is what I do everyday just to congratulate myself for getting through the work day!

Bree said...

Being a Wisconsinite myself, I would love this giveaway!

suzybananas said...

I liked the TGI Wednesday video. Getting through half of your week is definitely a reason to celebrate! Nice post Kartha :)

Pat R said...

Love, love, love cheese
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Pat R said...

I liked the Book Club video

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Unknown said...

Loved the Commute video!
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Elissa said...

The Party Planner. Cheese and wine are a match made in heaven! :)
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Joanne said...

I could pretty much live off of mozzarella, roasted peppers, and wine also! LOVE the way you think!

Sara said...

Commute

Rebecca said...

Love your cheese pairing! As for the movie clips... it is a toss up between Book Club and The Commute :)

LMBrown said...

I love cheese, really I do. (Remember that line?) I like The Commute. Thanks for the offer!

janepatience@yahoo.com said...

Oh, do I love cheese and bread, with or without wine, cider, or other condiments-- olive tapenade, anyone? I like the Book Club video. I'm in a drinking and reading book group now.

Lauren H. said...

Cool site, they did a nice job. The clips are all pretty funny. I liked the Test I think. Sadly I'm supposed to cut back on cheese...not sure it's really possible though, sorry doc.

manda said...

I like the Dark Horse!! Cute!

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Amanda said...

These are cute! And make me drool for wine and cheese right now. In fact that is what I'm going to do. The Dark Horse made me giggle!

Meryl said...

The Commute video.

JuLo said...

I liked the promotion!

Renee said...

Love the Wednesday night video- because do you really need a reason to have good wine and cheese? And Patrick Warburton might just have my all-time favorite voice! And your photo spoke right to my heart...

Julie said...

I like the promotion and we all love cheese
thanks for the giveaway
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momandsons said...

The Commute video.


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Christine A. said...

Hope it's not too late to enter! I have been stalking your fantastic blog and have tried several cookies and recipes (we have the chicken pesto pasta salad at least once a week as it's a favorite in our house). I appreciate your beautiful photography and easy to follow directions (a plus for a visual type who isn't the best of cooks/bakers).

Christine A. said...

i like the Apology video..hehe :)

Julia @The Roasted Root said...

The combo of fresh mozerella and peppers (or tomatoes) is so refreshing and satisfying. Love the tasty ingredients!

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