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Love Is In The Pair

Love is in the Pair - Wine and Cheese Pairing

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day and whether you are celebrating with your significant other or your friends, there is nothing quite like the perfect pairing of wine and cheese. That’s why Belledor offers the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day with our “Love is in the Pair” wine and cheese tasting!

We have put together an incredible selection of cheeses from Dedrick’s Main Street Cheese in Placerville. Each unique cheese has been carefully selected to pair perfectly with our wines, making it the perfect date cheese lovers.

Red Dragon + Belledor Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

First up on the menu is Red Dragon, made from pasteurized cow’s milk, which is aged for a period of 3 months. The mustard seeds used in its production not only give it a unique texture but also an amazing buttery and spicy flavor that is truly unforgettable. One of the most unique things about Red Dragon cheese is that it has a flavor that is reminiscent of the mild, sharp taste of Welsh ale and traditional cheddar. This combination of flavors creates a one-of-a-kind taste that is both tangy and savory. Pairing this cheese with the Four Corners Red Blend or our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc will have your mouth watering for seconds. The tanginess from the mustard complements the acidity from the Sauvignon Blanc (which is also in our Four Corners Red Blend).

Moliterno with Truffle + Belledor Vineyards Reserve Tempranillo

If you’re a cheese connoisseur, you’ve probably tried many different types of cheese, but have you ever experienced the luxurious taste of Moliterno with Truffle Cheese? This decadent cheese is a true indulgence, boasting an unparalleled flavor profile. It is a type of pecorino that is infused with generous peels of Italian black truffles. Every wedge of this cheese is bursting with flavor, and the black truffles provide a rich, earthy taste that is perfectly complemented by the buttery and salty notes of the cheese. Pairing this cheese with the Belledor Vineyards Reserve Tempranillo is a decadent treat! The tannins and tobacco characteristics of the Reserve Tempranillo amplify the earthy truffle notes, creating a truly luxurious wine and cheese experience.

Aged Mimolette + Belledor Vineyards Zinfandel

Aged Mimolette is a delicious French cheese that has gained popularity in recent years due to its unique flavor and texture. Made from pasteurized cow’s milk, this cheese is aged for several months, which gives it its characteristic sharpness and nuttiness, with hints of caramel. The cheese has a hard texture and a bright orange color, which comes from the addition of annatto, a natural pigment. The oily texture of Aged Mimolette adds to the overall richness of the cheese, making it a perfect accompaniment to a good glass Belledor Vineyards Zinfandel. The wine’s jammy flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and cherry complement the cheese’s nuttiness and caramel notes, while its smooth tannins cut through the cheese’s richness.

Lavender Gouda + Belledor Vineyards Primitivo

Lavender Gouda Cheese is a delightful cow’s milk cheese that boasts a unique combination of flavors. With lavender as the star ingredient, this cheese also offers hints of mint and earthy undertones. Its delicate and subtle flavors make it an ideal pairing for the Belledor Primitivo, a wine with distinct violet, lavender and cherry characteristics that perfectly complement the floral and earthy notes of the cheese.

Midnight Moon + Belledor Vineyards Backyard Zinfandel

Midnight Moon cheese and Belledor Vineyards Backyard Zinfandel are a heavenly match. The fruity flavors of the wine perfectly complement the nutty and buttery taste of the cheese, while its residual sugar provides a sweet contrast to the cheese’s caramel finish. The cheese’s dense texture and protein crystals create a lovely contrast to the wine’s smoothness. As Midnight Moon ages, it becomes more complex, making it an excellent pairing with the rich and fruity notes of the Backyard Zinfandel. So, whether you’re a fan of goat cheese or not, give Midnight Moon a try with a glass of Belledor Vineyards Backyard Zinfandel for a delicious pairing that will tantalize your taste buds.

In conclusion, Love is in the Pair is the perfect Valentine’s Day date for wine and cheese lovers. Whether you are enjoying the pairings at Belledor Vineyards or at home by the fireplace, these carefully selected cheeses paired with Belledor wines will make for an unforgettable “Love is in the Pair” evening. So, grab your loved ones, uncork a bottle of Belledor wine, and savor the perfect pairing of wine and cheese.

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