Cheese and wine are old world friends who have a lot of history together. Alsatian Munster with Riesling, Champagne with Triple Crèmes and Stilton with Port are just a few of the classic pairings one can make and be assured that they would be complementary. It is truly a joyous moment to have the perfect wine and cheese harmonize with one another and be enjoyed in the company of friends and family.
My brother, Maximilian Kast is the Sommelier at Fearington House, a Relais and Chateaux restaurant in Pittsboro, NC. We grew up in a food rich culture as children, as our father was a part owner of several restaurants, as well as a partner in a preserve company in our home state of Michigan. Our father was the son of butcher in the Franconian town of Schweinfurt in Germany. He was the first of three generations that didn’t continue the family tradition of being the town butcher. Instead he immigrated to the United States to pursue grandeur dreams.
As the generational theory would support, Maximilian and I went back to our roots and desired a life full of good food, libation and social gatherings, rather than a corporate lifestyle, or a desk-job and politics. Naturally, our two expertise work well with each other, and we decided to put together a fun series called THE BROTHERS KAST. We host these wine and cheese classes in different venues around the Triangle, using different themes and highlighting unique products.
On Thursday, June 28th, we will be featuring the Cheeses and Wines of Italy. We wanted to keep it open to all of the country rather than to focus on one specific region. We will feature cheeses from the Aosta, Veneto, Campania, Tuscany and more! The wines will be from small producers, focusing on indigenous varietals of their respective regions.
On a personal level, these classes are enjoyable for me, as my brother and I get play off each other in ways only he and I know. His knowledge of wine is so immense and deep, and the stories, history and science he shares in these classes is as informative for me as it is for the attendees. So please join The Brothers Kast in celebrating the great offerings of Italy!