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Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges

The best appetizers are the ones that are surprisingly easy and always impress your guests. This new watermelon appetizer is topped with high-quality ingredients so you don’t need to work too hard. High-quality olive oil, salt and award-winning Grand Cru cheese add sophistication.

Grand Cru is an Alpine-style cheese is available in three different ages – Original, Reserve and Surchoix. Each are aged in the Roth cellars in Monroe, Wisconsin for different lengths of time to create three unique cheeses. Grand Cru Original is aged 4+ months, Reserve 6+ months and (World Champion!) Grand Cru Surchoix is aged 9+ months. You can learn more about our original Grand Cru cheese here.

Now back to this amazing recipe. Each age of Grand Cru has an earlthy, nutty, savory taste that perfectly balances the sweet watermelon in this appetizer. The crunch of the almonds and fresh mint add to the flavor combination. We guarantee you’ll impress.


Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

Wine & Cheese Pairings

Peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and mustard, milk and cookies. Out of the all-time great food pairings, one reigns supreme: wine and cheese.

Wine and cheese is practically a Valentine’s Day requirement. There’s nothing more romantic (or libido boosting!) than cuddling up with your love over a deliciously crafted spread of Roth cheese paired with wine. To make this February 14th extra special, we’ve recruited Jordan Egan, sommelier and beer director at New York City’s NoMad Hotel, to help us play cupid for some of our favorite Roth cheeses. Add in a few candles, comfy blankets and a toasty fire—you’ve got yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration.

To start, try GranQueso® Reserve with a bottle of white. The hand rubbing of paprika and cinnamon on the rind lends this deeply intricate cheese to a more savory white wine, like a dry Albariño or white Burgundy. Rosé also works well, as do off-dry varieties of sherry, a fortified wine made from white grapes.

BEST: Albariño white, Rosé, White Burgundy, Oloroso or your favorite sherry

With Grand Cru® Reserve, we’re dealing with subtle flavors that require a delicate balance. This alpine-style cheese boasts light floral notes and nutty undertones, so finding a wine pairing that doesn’t overpower is key. White wines with a hint of sweetness hit the spot.

BEST: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Burgundy

Roth’s Private Reserve is bold, robust and the perfect coupling for an equally strong wine. Whites and reds both work here, like robust Chardonnays and lighter reds. If you’re looking to indulge in a glass of bubbly, go for a vintage-style champagne, which means 100% of the grapes used are from that vintage year.

BEST: Barbaresco, Brut Champagne, Chardonnay, Merlot

A classic table cheese, Prairie Sunset® is sweet and approachable, making it a versatile love match for an array of wines. With rich undertones of butterscotch, it’s sweetness is a fitting Valentine’s Day choice when paired with crisp, acidic reds and fresh styles of sherry.

BEST: Barbera red, Gamay from Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese from Chianti, Fino or Manzanilla sherry


Other Delicious Pairings:

Our Favorite Grand Cru Pairings

Cheese and Cocktail Party Pairing Ideas

Corn, Pancetta and Grand Cru Pasta Salad

A few simple ingredients, treated well, can make an exemplary dish to bring to any party.

Here, we made a simple pasta salad with fresh corn, fried pancetta, a little basil and grated Grand Cru.

What looks good in your market, and how are you going to turn that into your next crowd-pleaser?