Cheese Cupid Pairing: 2003 Chateau Les Ormes de Pez


by Cheese Cupid


Love is in the air. But of course, for Wisconsin Cheese Cupid love is always in the air. This week is especially romantic, that is, because it is the week of Valentine’s Day.

To celebrate this weekend, whether you are with a special someone snuggling up on your couch at home, laughing at a girls’ night out, or enjoying time well spent with a family you’ve built, enjoy a bold glass of cabernet coupled with Wisconsin Cheeses with your loved ones.

This week’s Cheese Cupid Pairing of the Week is Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, a French Bordeaux. This wine takes its name from the village of Pez near St Estèphe and is a Cru Bourgeois wine. This Bordeaux is made from the cabernet varietal and is historically known for its high quality. The 2003 vintage of this wine starts with a fresh, forward character on the nose. There is a dense palate, with supple, powerful fruit flavors. It has firm tannins and good acids. This wine is a must pairing with rich meat and cream-based dishes. Valentine’s Day dinner?

Pair this classic Bordeaux with North Hendren Cheese Cooperative Black River Blue, Stella Romano, Widmer’s Cheese Cellars Aged Cheddar, or Hook’s Cheese Garlic Cheddar.

The Black River Blue Cheese from North Hendren Cheese Cooperative is deliciously simple and this simplicity is a perfect match to a complex Bordeaux. The cooperative is a small, local non-profit cooperative with surrounding dairy farmers as owners. It has been in the cheese business since 1923 and has been specializing in pre premium blue-veined cheeses since 2001.

Stella Romano, from Saputo Cheese USA, is a favorite Italian cheese. Romano is often confused with Parmesan though it is a much sharper, tangier cheese. It has a saltier bite and is often aged longer. The Stella Cheese label specializes in Romano, Parmesan and Asiago cheeses.

Widmer’s Cheese Cellars Aged Cheddar, is a smooth, firm and rich Cheddar. It becomes increasingly sharp and more granular with age.

Hook’s Garlic Cheddar is white Cheddar infused with fresh garlic. It’s the perfect snacking cheese and is amazing in pasta sauces. However, this is, no doubt, a cheese to enjoy with someone you’ve been cozy with for a good deal of time.

Delicious red wine. Amazing Wisconsin Cheeses. A recipe for an out-of-this-world dinner for two. Happy Valentine’s Day. Love, Cheese Cupid.