Rosé & Cabot Cheese Pairings
Summer is rosé season, with the warmer temperatures inviting this wine’s emblematic light, refreshing flavor. To really enhance the tasting experience, try serving rosé and cheese.
The bright flavors of rosé can range from light and sweet to dry and nuanced and, rest assured, there is a Cabot Cheddar selection that will bring out the best in every glass you serve. One thing is sure – you’ll be delighted with how beautifully our cheddars highlight the flavors of rosés.
You can’t go wrong when you pair rosé wine with lighter side dishes like this Lightened Up Artichoke Spinach Dip or this Arugula Salad with Cheddar Frico. And nothing goes better with a dry rosé than a rich – and thoroughly comforting – grilled cheese like this Ver-monte Cristo Sandwich.
Of course, this wine can be served at any time of year. Whether you enjoy your favorite rosé and cheese out on your patio in the summer or cozied up under a blanket on your couch in the winter, you’ll find rosé is perfect in all seasons.
The sugars in a sweet rosé are the perfect complement to a variety of Cabot Cheddar — from spicy cheese like Cabot’s Habanero to full-flavored and ever popular Seriously Sharp Cheddar. They are also great with spicy barbecue or ethnic dishes.
Sweet Rosé Pairings
Grenache Rosé, wine characteristics:
Notes of ripe strawberry, orange and hibiscus. Moderately high acidity. Best served cold. Pairs perfectly with Greek food, such as Gyros with tzatziki. Try it with our Greek Yogurt Dip and Cucumber Sauce (Tzatziki)!
Hand-Rubbed Tuscan Cheddar Cheese, cucumber slices
Mourvèdre Rosé (wine characteristics):
Rounder and fuller-bodied than many other rosés. Flavors of red plums, cherries and dried herbs. Pairs extremely well with Mediterranean fare, such as grilled lamb. Try it with our Yogurt Marinated Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs.
Seriously Sharp Cheese, pita wedges and olives
Zinfandel Rosé or White Zinfandel (wine characteristics):
Moderately sweet with flavors of strawberry, cotton candy, lemon and green melon. Moderately high acidity. This wine is best served cold and goes well with Thai food. Try it with our Creamy Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash.
The bright, fruit flavors and acidity in a drier rosé make it a versatile pairing choice for mild or slightly sweet cheeses. Dry rosés also pair nicely with a buttery, flavorful grilled cheese, classic Cubano or panini sandwich or lobster roll. So many options to enjoy!
Dry Rose Pairings
Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (wine characteristics):
Flavors of green bell pepper, cherry sauce, black currant and pepper spice. Typically have heightened acidity since they aren’t usually aged in oak. Delicious with ham, soufflés and flatbreads. Try with our Cheddar, Ham & Asparagus Rosti or our Cuban-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
Farmhouse Reserve Cheese, baguette slices and uncured sausage
Sangiovese Rose (wine characteristics):
Hints of fresh strawberries, green melon, roses and yellow peach. This fruity, yet dry wine is best served cold and pairs well with chicken and couscous or grilled recipes. Try with our Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole or our Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes and Cheddar for a vegetarian option.
Clothbound Cheese, crackers and fruit spread
Pinot Noir Rosé (wine characteristics):
Soft, subtle aromas of crabapple, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries and wet stone. Pairs wonderfully with lobster, crab, or salmon dishes. Try it with our Lemon Baked Salmon with Herb & Greek Yogurt Bernaise Sauce.