Van 2-5 mei 2019 vindt het jaarlijkse Concours Mondial de Bruxelles plaats in Aigle, Zwitserland. Reden voor de organisatie om zich wat meer te verdiepen in een ander mooi Zwitsers product: KAAS! Tien juryleden uit verschillende landen werd gevraagd wat hun favoriete wijn is bij de Zwitserse Gruyère AOP. Hieronder (in Engels) het persbericht. 

Culinary Switzerland

Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is mostly renowned for its picturesque landscapes, but few probably know that from a culinary perspective, it is a hidden gem. In fact, the country boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world. The 2019 edition of the guide to Switzerland listed 3 three-star restaurants, 20 two-star restaurants and 105 one-star restaurants, bringing the total to 128. This makes it the world’s most dense network of Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants.

CHEESE!

Swiss cuisine is broad-ranging and varied. Although influenced by GermanFrench and Northern Italian cuisines, it is based on local ingredients and carries its own authentic character. Throughout Switzerland’s 26 regional cantons, there are exciting dishes to suit every taste: fondue, raclette, älplermagronen, rösti, bündner nusstorte, zürcher geschnetzeltes, Vaud saucisson and many more. And one of the main ingredients that Swiss cuisine owes its excellence to is cheese.

AOP Gruyère

There are more than 550 varieties of Swiss cheese, and nearly half the milk produced in Switzerland is turned into cheese. You could easily explore Switzerland by travelling from cheese dairy to cheese dairy. Each region has its own specialties: the soft AOP Vacherin Mont d’Or, for instance, the aromatic Appenzeller®, the savoury AOP Emmentaler, thefull-flavored AOP Sbrinz, or the famous AOP Gruyère.

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WHICH WINE PAIRS BEST WITH AOP GRUYÈRE?Recommendations from CMB judges from around the globe

All over the world, gourmet food lovers and experts enjoy AOP Gruyère for its unique flavour. And as wine and cheese have gone hand in hand for centuries, we asked some of our distinguished tasters which wines pair well with AOP Gruyère.

Here are the top 10 suggestions:

  • Pinot Gris from Willamette valley in Oregon state
  • A 20-Year-Old Tawny Port
  • Montilla-Moriles fino from the Pedro Ximénez grape
  • Mature wines from Melnik, such as those from the Shiroka melnishka loza and Melnik 55
  • A white wine, specifically from Vermentino grapes
  • Chenin Blanc from old bush vines (ca 25 years) in Stellenbosch
  • A nice Cabernet Franc from Villány
  • Pinot noir from Burgundy
  • Fendant du Valais
  • A creamy and fruity Chardonnay, dry, late harvest from the Moravia region
  • BONUS! > And why not pair AOP Gruyère with a sparkling wine?

I would say: a nice selection of wines from all over the world!
For me personally: I would go for the Fendant, as the crispy fruity Swiss wine I love!

Curious which member of the jury choose which wine?
And why?
Check this article on the CMB website

 

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