Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pair Savvy - Do You Dare to Pair?

I occasionally enjoy a glass of wine with my DH. Here in Oregon we are proud of the fact our wines are up and coming.. In our little valley, wineries are popping up everywhere and wine tours are a popular tourist activity. But, I have to admit, I am at a loss on how to serve wine to my friends.

I am much more comfortable with juice boxes and goldfish, but dream of a day when I am a more experienced wine enthusiast. I would love to know what to serve with each bottle of wine... I would love to know the perfect pairing. ...and that is where Pair Savvy comes in.

Pair Savvy is a user-friendly application that works on both iPhone and Android devices and allows users to search by cheese, wine or beer varieties based on personal preference. California cheesemakers make more than 250 varieties and styles of Real California Cheese, everything from bandage wrapped Cheddar to award-winning Brie.

Here’s how it works: 
Download Pair Savvy to your mobile device and you can select by cheese, wine or beer. If you don't have a compatible mobile device, users can still use the Pair Savvy site to find savvy pairings.

I typed in Pinot Noir

Pair Savvy will come up with a pairing that has a list of suggested cheeses, California cheesemakers and brand names they can purchase at retail.  So cool!

It gave me 5 pairing options: Camembert, Cheddar, Colby Jack, Feta & Manchego. Easy!

Some pairings even suggest fruit accompaniments, which is great when putting together a cheese plate or display.  Users can also save pairings and rate the pairings they have tried.  There’s even a “Surprise Pairing” option for the more daring at heart. 

I was impressed! A nice way to take some of the guess work out of entertaining. Though this is set up to highlight California cheeses, it still will work with any regions cheese. Here I can't take advantage of all the California cheese varieties, but I am still excited about the app. Normally I would have no idea what to serve with my beer or wine, but now I know a handy resource.
This fun app is available for free download, just in time for holiday events.  A beautiful, perfectly paired selection of cheeses and beverages will make you the most celebrated host or hostess and the favorite guest at every party you attend. 

Real California Cheese Pair Savvy is available today to most smart phone users through their mobile browser:

  • For the iPhone:  Visit the App Store, search for “Pair Savvy” then download for free (available soon).
  • For Android users: Visit the Android Marketplace, search for “Pair Savvy” then download for free.
  • Better yet, Pair Savvy is linked to so the app will update automatically with no need to download future updated versions. 

Dairy products – including cheese – made with California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk and Real California Cheese seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms.  Ninety-nine percent of California dairy farms are family-owned. California produces more fluid milk, butter, ice cream, yogurt and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese, which is available nationally under the Real California Cheese seal.

*Disclaimer - I wrote this post as a member of the One2One Network. I was entered into a giveaway in exchange for posting. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.
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