Cheese and Salumi Sampler Learn how to choose the best red wine, cheese and cured meats for the perfect wine and cheese pairing recipes from our Silver Oak Napa Valley winery chef. Silver Oak Recipes: Cheese and Salumi Sampler
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Cheese and Salumi Sampler

Cheese and Salumi Sampler

Varieties of Artisan Cheeses and Cured Meats

I enjoy a simple cheese and salumi plate while savoring a special older vintage of wine. Below are varieties of cheeses and salumi meats that pair well with our Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Here is a simple rule for choosing cheeses to pair with our Silver Oak and Twomey red wines: Choose any cheese that is semi-firm, firm or hard, aged over 90 days and does not have any white or blue mold. Some of our favorites:

  • Carmody, 3 Month Cow’s Milk, Bellwether Farms, California
  • Fiscalini Aged Cheddar, Cow’s Milk, California
  • Vella Dry Jack, Cow’s Milk, California
  • Manchego, Sheep’s Milk, Spain
  • Petite Basque, Sheep’s Milk, France
  • Mimolette, Cow’s Milk, France
  • Piave Vecchio, Cow’s Milk, Piave Valley, Italy
  • Sotto Cenere Truffle Cheese, Cow’s Milk, Venetia Italy
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, Cow’s Milk, Italy
  • Aged Gouda (3 to 5 years), Cow’s Milk, Holland


While Italy still produces some of the best dry-cured meats in the world, many small domestic artisan producers are starting to create amazing dry cured meats. Here are some of our favorite domestic producers:

  • La Quercia Prosciutto & Speck, Iowa
  • Fra' Mani, California
  • Cremineli Salami's, Utah
  • Boccalone, California

Other Meats:

  • Prosciutto di Parma and di San Daniele
  • Speck Alto Adige
  • Serrano Ham
  • Jamon Iberico
  • Salami
  • Mortadella
  • Soppressata
  • Capicola (not spicy)
  • Dry Cured Chorizo
  • Bresaola
  • Lardo
  • Country Pate or Rillettes

Sides and Condiments

No cheese and salumi plate is complete without side items. Below are some of our favorites. Try to avoid any food items that are spicy or cloyingly sweet.

  • Buttery olives, such as Castelvetrano
  • Salty olives, such as oil-cured black olives
  • Any nut roasted with olive oil and sea salt
  • Quince paste or Membrillo
  • Fig Paste or Pane Forte
  • Roasted peppers
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Mustards

Silver Oak Recipes: Cheese and Salumi Sampler

Wine Pairings

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