Wine & Craft Beer
SHOP FOR WINE IN OUR ONLINE STORE
Pastoral is a mecca for cheese lovers and party hosts alike. The attention paid to quality and craft does not stop at the cheese; the wine and beer selection at Pastoral is carefully chosen to accompany our many styles of cheese as well as the artisanal spirit of our store. The knowledgeable staff at Pastoral is always available to entice your taste buds and educate you about the artisan delights that make the store so unique. One of our specialties is helping you discover the perfect pairing for foods, wines and beers you have selected to ensure that they are well enjoyed together! We aspire to provide the same assistance in our online store.
At Pastoral, we focus on smaller, estate driven producers that practice environmentally conscious agriculture.
We seek out wineries using sustainable, organic and biodynamic techniques, and those that source grapes from their own vineyards. We want to know that our wines are carefully looked after from vine to bottle.
Our wine selection includes classic expressions of the world's major wine regions and intriguing bottles from exotic locales. We represent popular varietals and exciting blends. From Bordeaux to Mendoza, and Merlot to Bonarda, we believe that exploring wine should be as fun, delicious and enlightening as choosing cheese. Stop by our stores and check out our wine wall; the wines are arranged by body, from lightest to fullest, to mirror the cheeses in the case it will pair well with, from the freshest to the most aged. And our knowledgeable staff is always eager to help you find the perfect pairing.
At Pastoral we believe, in matters of wine and cheese, the total experience is greater than the sum of its parts. We are happy to offer suggestions of cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments to add that extra touch. Visit soon so we can help you put together an impressive and delicious wine and culinary spread.
WHAT WE'RE DRINKING THIS MONTH: AMERICAN WINES
To coincide with American Cheese Month our Beverage Focus for the month of October is American wines. We have selected a unique range of wines from coast to coast including a Cabernet Franc from New York's Finger Lakes region to a wonderfully classic Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington's Columbia Valley. We are also excited to offer some more nerdy wines including the Forlorn Hope 'Que Saudade' Verdelho from the often overlooked region of Amador County in California and long time Pastoral Favorite - Firelands Pinot Noir from northern Ohio.
We will be showcasing wines from:
There's not a lot of Verdelho (not to be confused with Verdejo) growing in California, but somehow winemaker Matthew Rorick was able to discover some growing in Amador County (southwest of Oakland). Verdelho is usually used to make Madeira off the coast of Portugal but when cultivated as a dry white wine you get get a rip wine showing pear, peach and citrus flavors with balanced acidity. It pairs well with aged Gouda and will have you longing for another glass in no time; Que Saudade roughly translates from Portugese as 'longing or yearning for.
From a family run farm not too far from Sandusky, this wines shows bright berry fruit, supported by subtle oak, creating a classical and pleasing Pinot Noir. This wine serves as a benchmark for the Ohio winemaking region.
Ravines Cabernet Franc
Ravines Wine Cellars is a boutique winery in an emerging world-class wine region, the Finger Lakes of New York. They've created a small, distinctive winery crafting elegant and food-friendly wines using Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation. Cabernet Franc is poised to become the flagship red variety of the Finger Lakes. Deep ruby red color with ripe plum and red berry fruit, almost jammy, with spicy notes and a touch of earth.
Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Located in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington, Seven Hills Winery is one of the region's oldest and most respected wineries. As a fourth-generation farmer who worked alongside his father to plant the famed Seven Hills Vineyard, founder Casey McClellan played an important role in the viticultural history of the Walla Walla Valley Applelation (AVA). As a winemaker, Casey has guided Seven Hills, creating wines that are benchmarks for excellence in the Pacific Northwest. The wine is fruit and earth dominant, with a remarkable array of wild red and black fruits grounded with leather, herba nd spice; surprisingly rich, yet wonderfully accessible.
A stylistically broad spectrum selected with pairing in mind.
The broad range, ancient history, and global renaissance of artisanal brewing is showcased in our edited selection of large format brews tailored to offer our patrons the opportunity to pair specific beer styles with cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate.
We stay on task all year selecting our sometimes iconic and sometimes rare rotating collection of bottles brewed both near and far to bring you the next perfect pairing. Our eager staff prides itself in advocating the best brewed pairing option, be it Schwarzbier with Camembert, Rye Ale with Prosciutto or IPA with Stichelton.
Let our cheesemongers introduce you to the ease with which the varied textures, flavors, and persistent bubbles of beer can make our edible offerings sing and make your next gathering unique.