Behold the power of cheese. And wine. Watch the sparks fly when you get the two together. The perfect two.

Tim Sahr, owner of the Kent Cheesemonger, has that power. If you haven’t been there, put it on your list. Cheeses can be just as complex as wines.

Cow, goat, sheep, buffalo. Oh, my. Sahr is making Kent grate again.

I took a trip to see cheesemonger Tim and was joined by former British Open champion Ben Curtis, his lovely wife, Candace, and a bottle of their new 2017 Fairway & Vines chardonnay.

The wine is 100 percent Lodi chardonnay with a beautiful nose of tropical fruit. Think mango, banana and a little peach. Just a kiss of oak. A few more sips and it was time for the cheesemonger to do his magic.

“Cheeses and wines are both very complex,” Sahr said. “You can get that dynamic explosion in your mouth when you get the right ones together.”

He quickly came back with a couple of great options: A few slices of Cassetica di Buffala, an Italian buffalo milk cheese that actually tasted better with a sip of the wine. The second option was a personal favorite of mine: McKenzie Creamery Chèvre goat cheese made in Hiram.

I’m a fan of almost any goat cheese, especially McKenzie.

Sahr suggested a dab of peach jam to bring out that flavor in the wine.

“Don’t be afraid to experiment and ask questions,” he said. “That’s the fun part about it.”

The Curtises, who live in Stow, regularly enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. A food and wine pairing at Cliff Family Winery in the Napa Valley was an eye-opener for them.

“The pairing was pretty impressive. We had a pizza and some cheeses and jams to pair with each wine. It was perfect,” Ben said.

“It really helped sell the wine,” Candace added.

The evening had one more surprise as the Curtises brought along a bottle of their 2016 Fairway & Vines red blend, which had yet to be released.

I definitely wasn’t cheesed off by the opportunity to taste a bottle.

On their annual trip to California, they met winemaker Rich Parducci at his Alexander Valley winery and sampled barrels of zinfandel, syrah, petit syrah and a few others that make up port wines to come up with this blend.

My first impression was: prisoner killer. Cult fans of Dave Phinney’s (The Prisoner) zin blend, you have just been served notice.

I thought Ben was yanking my chain when he said it would cost $19.99! Come on, man!

Sahr had one more cheese to take this night to a new level. A few slices of Gouda from Old Forge Dairy in Brimfield, and now my 2016 Fairway & Vines is atop the leader board.

All in all, it was a Gouda time.

Buy the chardonnay ($14.99) or the red blend ($19.99) at the Kent Cheesemonger, Campus Wine Cellar and by the glass or bottle at Treno Ristorante.

Read more Phil Your Glass wine stories at www.ohio.com/akron/writers/phil-masturzo. Contact him at philyourglass@gmail.com.