Steven Jenkins, author and manager of cheese department, Fairway Foods, New York
Wine: "Banyuls, a sweet wine from the Catalan coast of France"
Cost: $20 for 1996 Chapoutier, 500 ml.
Serving suggestion: "I like to pair it with Asturias Cabrales. Asturias is the region on the north shore of Spain Cabrales is the great mixed-milk blue cheese, also known as picón or gamonedo."
Todd English, chef/owner, Olives in Boston, Las Vegas, Aspen, Washington, D.C., and New York City
Wine: "1997 Catena Alta Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina"
Serving suggestion: "Roasted leg of Jamison Farm lamb with anise-orange sauce over fennel mashed potatoes. Open two bottles. It is so rich and delicious you won't be able to resist a second one."
Danny Meyer, co-owner, Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, and Tabla, New York City
Wine: "Bricco Manzoni, 1996, Rocche dei Manzoni, Piemonte. It's the wine I drank when I was getting married and when I was naming my daughter. In fact, if I were stranded on an island and limited to just two food items, one would be sausage and mushroom pizza, and the other Bricco Manzoni."
Serving suggestion: "It's extremely versatile; it's soft enough not to overwhelm grilled fish, yet flavorful enough to stand up to roast game."