Cheese Cupid Pairing: 2007 Green and Red Vineyards Zinfandel


by Cheese Cupid


Get into this week’s holiday spirit with the Wisconsin Cheese Cupid “Pairing of the Week,” a robust 2007 Zinfandel from Green & Red Vineyards, in Napa Valley, California.

Zinfandel has been coined America’s grape, though it originated in Italy as the Primitivo variety. This lush and dark vintage is a blend from three mountain vineyards that overlook Chiles Canyon. It is aged for 14 months in 50/50 American/French oak barrels. The nose offers notes of cherry, raspberry, and smoky sage. This wine finishes with lively tannins.

Pair this vintage with hard or blue-veined cheeses. Try it with Stella Kasseri, Park Cheese Casaro Romano, or Seymour Dairy Ader Käse Reserve, Aged Blue.

Kasseri is a sharp, hard cheese originating in Greece. Stella Kasseri is firm, tangy, and salty. Add it to your antipasto tray or melt it over garlic bread.

Romano is a well-known hard cheese from Italy, similar to Parmesan. Park Cheese Casaro Romano has a sharper and more assertive taste than Parmesan. It is also slightly creamier. It goes well with apples, pears, salad dressings, and sauces.

Seymour Dairy Ader Käse Reserve is an aged, blue-veined cheese crafted in the German cheesemaking tradition. This Blue has creamy, sweet undertones and a rich, intense flavor.