Cheese Cupid Pairing: 2005 Estate Syrah


by Cheese Cupid


A deep red wine and a complex aged Wisconsin Cheese is the perfect pairing for a fond farewell to another wintery January. This week’s Wisconsin Cheese Cupid Pairing of the Week is a Cristom Vineyards 2005 Estate Syrah, Eola-Amity Hills.

Located in the Willamette Valley in Salem, Oregon, Cristom Vineyards is 65 acres and eight distinct vineyards with specific grape varietals. The 2005 Estate Syrah is the third release of the vineyard’s Estate Syrah and the coolest vintage of the three. This wine is ruby red, with rich aromas of raspberries, hints of blueberries, and moderate tannins on the finish.

Pair a glass of this wine with Henning’s Cheese Aged Peppercorn CheddarBelGioioso Cheese Italian Extra Sharp ProvoloneSalemville Amish Blue, or Bleu Mont Dairy Cave-Aged Bandaged Cheddar.

Henning’s Cheese is known for its Cheddar Cheese, as makers of the “Mammoth Cheddar” wheels, ranging in size from 75 to 1,200 lbs. Otto Henning began the family tradition of cheesemaking in 1914, and Kerry Henning currently carries on this tradition. Henning’s Cheese Aged Peppercorn Cheddar won Best of Class at the 2009 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. This aged cheese is a perfect dinner party companion to a deep, red syrah.

BelGioioso Cheese Italian Extra Sharp Provolone is made with whole cow’s milk and is produced using the same techniques as they use in Italy. The cheese is roped and dipped into a plastic coating, which helps the cheese breath, creating a drier cheese. It is then aged inside a temperature-controlled room for up to a year. This cheese pairs well with pears, figs, cashews, and olives for an easy party appetizer.

Salemville Amish Blue is known for being produced using rBGH-free milk from cows hand-milked twice daily. The famous blue streaks are a result of mold from bacteria added during manufacturing. The distinct types of milks make the Blue Cheese individually characteristic.

Bleu Mont Dairy Cave-Aged Bandaged Cheddar is an English-style cheese made with raw, organic milk from pasture-grazing cows. The Cheddar has a clean feel, with grassier, nuttier notes than many other types of Cheddar. Bleu Mont Dairy is owned by Willi Lehner, a Swiss-American cheesemaker, and is located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.