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Wine and Cheese Pairing: Shiraz and Le Maréchal

The Wine: De Bartoli Vat 8 Shiraz 2007 (about $13 US, $16 Cdn)
The Cheese: Le Maréchal, Switzerland

It’s amazing how good wine and cheese can taste when you’re hungry and thirsty. I ran home from work and then immediately got to work with this week’s wine and cheese pairing . De Bartoli’s Vat 8 Shiraz 2007 (about $13 US, $16 Cdn) matched up well with Le Maréchal cheese from Switzerland. On the nose, the Shiraz showed anise, cardamom, black pepper and cherry, and a peppery palette, with salty black liquorice (the Dutch kind). It’s a medium-bodied, easy-to-drink wine that cuts off a bit short on the finish, but exhibits nicely rounded initial flavors.

Le Maréchal, a Swiss cheese made from raw cow's milk, has a distinctive barnyard and herb aroma. It smells like barn hay that cows have been sitting in. A little funky, but somehow still an addictively pleasant smell. The cheese has some fruitiness that complements the peppery aspect of the Shiraz and the cheese’s manure and fruit flavours play off the cherry and liquorice of the wine. Neither have very long finishes, which makes you want more of both as soon as you've finished tasting them. Dangerous! A very good combo – especially after a run.

Wine Quaffability Rating: 88

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“Wine and Cheese Pairing: Shiraz and Le Maréchal”

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