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Wine and Cheese Pairings From Across Canada

Cheese Boutique’s Afrim Pristine pairs delicious cheese with Debbie Travis’ favourite wine picks from across Canada!

The Debbie Travis Fine Wine Collection Pinot Grigio

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Highly aromatic, this wine has fresh aromas of white peach, marzipan, lime zest and is underpinned by a slight floral note. 
  • The palate is supported by notes of ripe anjou pear and apricot, with a touch of ruby red grapefruit bitterness on the finish. 
  • Although the texture is lush and soft from the noticeable fruit sweetness, the wine has good balancing acidity to keep the finish fresh and lively.
    • Afrim’s cheese pairing: Fuoco cheese, which is made from buffalo’s milk, mildly creamy, goes perfect with a Pinot Grigio like Debbie’s.

Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir 2013 

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Oliver, British Columbia
  • This pinot typically offers a robust and hedonistic take on the grape, with concentrated fruit layered atop a spicy and smoky oak-influenced base.
    • Afrim’s cheese pairing: A British Columbia Cheddar, which compliments a full-bodied wine like a Pinot Noir.

Saskwatch Honey Wine

  • Spirit Hills Honey Winery, Millarville, Alberta
  • In a grape-less province Spirit Hills crafts a grape-less wine with strong structure and backbone expected of any high quality wine with body.
  • The berries are treated like red grapes in a red wine making process and actually contain the same elements which give red grape wine its color and flavor, but in a much higher concentration.
    • Afrim’s cheese pairing: Elizabeth Blue Cheese. A semi-firm Blue Cheese like this pairs well with this type of wine, it’s fruity flavour compliments a smooth, sweet wine.

Other Wine and Cheese Pairings

  • Merlot: try a mild or medium cheese, like Lankaster, to compliment the Merlot’s body and texture
  • Sparkling White Wine: try pairing with a cheese that has citrusy undertones, like Grey Owl Goat Cheese.

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