I had some friends over last evening for a small wine tasting.
The broad theme was Spanish wines. I have long been a fan of Riojas, so I included a couple of them. Along with the wine, I had a selection of cheeses. The list included Manchego, Garrotxa (a wonderful goat cheese from the Catalan region of Spain), aged Gouda (it is aged about two years and combines great flavors of sweet, salty, and creamy), Cabot Cheddar, and some Red Cow Parmesan. On the cracker side, in addition to Carrs, I found some nut/grain crackers (the box is in the trash, I will get the name next time). They were made in Canada and I chose two varieties, one was an olive and fig combo, the other was a salted almonds and dates. The latter was my favorite. Of course, we also had a large supply of grapes at the table as well.