Best Wines with Cheese

Wine lovers from coast to coast voted for these three Canadian wines to pair with cheese. From the 40 wines nominated, these three wines became finalists, and then, triumphed as top 3 wines. Try one with these cheese recipes!

Congratulations to the winners! My personal thanks to all who voted in this competition: a true, grassroots celebration of the amazing wines we make in Canada. Please let me know if you have suggestions on how to make next year’s competition even better. Come back for in the fall for a pairing match with international wines under $25!
Matt Steeves, Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima Totally Botrytis Affected

A Sauternes wine with blue cheese is a match made in heaven! Canada's Quails' Gate Winery is making a truly world-class Sauternes-style sweet wine that does in fact pair perfectly with your favourite blue cheese, or dishes with blue cheese in them, like Stilton Cheesecake - my favourite!

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Ottawa, Ontario
Harwood Estates Winery Marquesa 2011
Prince Edward County, Ontario
Joe Harwood Estates Winery Marquesa 2011

Harwood Estate's Marquesa is a port-styled fortified wine made from the Marquette grape. It has aromas of raisins, cassis, spiced honey and black cherries with a velvety smooth finish. This wine was just incredible with some local 9-year-old cheddar. It would also go well with other aged or blue cheeses.

Nominated By:

Picton, Ontario
Dan Thirty Bench Wine Makers Riesling

I discovered the Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2011 Riesling while touring the winery. It pairs quite well with cheeses as its acidity cuts through the lipid/protein and cleans the palate, while the intense fruit and residual sugar complements the cheeseā€™s saltiness and the minerality adds another taste dimension.

Nominated By:

Toronto, Ontario




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