by Cheese Cupid
It’s December. People around the world are busy with holiday shopping, party planning, seasonal decorating, sharing and making memories – and as season’s greetings are shared, the smell of vino is in the air.
This week’s Wisconsin Cheese Cupid pairing is a 2004 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Robert Groffier Pere et Fils. This pinot is subtle, fresh, and earthy. It has notes of plum and dark berry. Because of this wine’s bright acidity and gentle tannins, it is approachable by many palates. Pair this vintage with semi-soft or blue-veined cheeses, such as Roth Käse Bambina Fontina, Roth Käse Ostenborg Havarti, or Hook’s Blue Paradise.
Roth Käse Bambina Fontina is a Fontina-style cheese that has a rich mouthfeel and tangy finish. It is delicious melted on flatbreads or pizzas.
Roth Käse Ostenborg Havarti is a buttery, rich, and flavorful double cream Havarti. This cheese is favored for slicing or cubing, or for snacking on with crackers. It is also excellent for cooking – use it in soups, salads and sandwiches.
Hook’s Cheese Company’s Blue Paradise is a double-cream Blue that is smooth, creamy, and rich, though the flavors of this cheese are milder on the palate than traditional bold Blue Cheese.