There's quite the cheesey lineup for the food pairings in this weekend's Lake Erie Wine Country Wine & Cheese Weekend.
Twenty-three wineries on the former Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, north of Pittsburgh, are serving specific wines with dishes made by the event's sponsor, Yancey's Fancy. I hadn't heard of the Western New York "artisan" cheesemaker, but from its website it looks like it makes some good stuff. And I see you can buy it a Giant Eagle and other Pittsburgh-area stores.
Various Yancey's cheeses will be worked in to a range of dishes for the May 3-5 self-guided tasting tour, tickets for which are $39 (or $33 for either Friday or Sunday only, and $22 for designated drivers). That allows you to stop at this string of wineries stretching from Harborcreek, Pa., to Silver Creek, N.Y.
Presque Isle Wine Cellars will be serving Warm Riesling Poached Lobster Dip with its 2012 Riesling. Johnson Estate Winery will serve Lemon Basil Cheesecake with Finger Lakes Riesling. A place called Sensory Winery and Art Gallery in Ripley, N.Y., is doing up Chipotle Cheese Dogs with a wine called Hemorrhage. You can find the full list of dishes here.
I've done this wine trail in the fall and had a lot of fun, and a lot better wine than you might think. If this weekend doesn't work for you, the group of wineries holds events all the time, and on any nice day, you could always arrange your own tour.
Yancey's Fancy photo