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Concha y Toro 29/01/2015

Wine and Blue Cheese

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Roquefort, Cabrales, Gorgonzola and Stilton are some of the most common blue cheeses. Learn how to make the perfect pairing with your favorite wine!

Blue cheeses are characterized by their strong aroma and their color, with striking blue and green tones. The texture varies, as it can be crumbly or creamy. The same goes for its flavor, which can be sweet or even spicy.

They are usually made with cow’s milk; however, it is also possible to find those made of sheep and goat milk.

Below, we share with you our pairing suggestions for some of the most common blue cheeses:

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Roquefort:

GorgonzolaSome historians believe that this cheese is one of the oldest in the world. Its aging process requires a minimum of three months in a humid, dark cellar, where spores develop the blue veins that characterize it, thanks to the formation of small streams of air.

Origin: Rouergue, France.

Pairing: Terrunyo Syrah or Marques de Casa Concha Syrah. If you also accompany it with dark fruit jellies, you will achieve a pairing of exceptional contrast.

Cabrales:

CabralesThis type of cheese can be made with raw milk from cows, sheep, goats or a mix. It almost has no rind, both its surface and inside are creamy and soft. When it is mature, it has a bluish-green color and is characterized by an intense aroma, as well as a strong, spicy flavor.

Origin: Asturias, Spain.

Pairing: Don Melchor, adding a touch of honey and nuts to the cheese, it’s unique!

Gorgonzola:

roquefortIt is a white or soft yellow cheese with green tones that has a natural gray rind with reddish spots. It has a strong aroma and a sweet or spicy taste depending on its maturity, a condition that gives rise to different varieties of gorgonzola.

Origin: Several regions of Italy.

Pairing: For white Gorgonzola: Casillero del Diablo Brut Reserva. For sweet Gorgonzola: Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc. For spicy Gorgonzola: we suggest balancing it with sweet flavors like caramelized fruit or jellies, Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada being an ideal pairing. For salty meals with ravioli and creamy sauces: Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay or Amelia.

Stilton:

StiltonCheese with green veins and natural brown rind. It is made with cow’s milk and has 50% fat. It is characterized by a strong nutty aroma, and a flavor that intensifies with aging, reminiscent of sweet nuts and fruit.

Origin: Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, England.

Pairing: With a touch of honey and nuts, Don Melchor.

 

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