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Perfect Wine Pairing: Smoked Cheddar & California Merlot

Want to keep it local? Our World Award-Winning Smoked Cheddar is the perfect addition to an afternoon sip of a fresh California Merlot.

Gold Creek Farm’s Smoked Cheddar keeps bringing new cheese awards to our great state of Utah! If you haven’t already tried this popular Utah cheese, we recommend you do. Its’ sweet, natural smoky flavor is unlike any other smokehouse treat you have tried. We believe our secret, slow-smoking method is what makes it so delicious.

California Merlot is made with one of the principal wine grape varieties of the Bordeaux region in France, and it was brought to California in the mid-19th century. Historically, vintners have used Merlot as a blending grape to soften a wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot tannins are less forceful than Cabernet Sauvignon, so Merlot wine tends to mature earlier. Merlot is now primarily popular as a varietal wine. Most of the Merlot vines are planted in Lodi/San Joaquin County, followed by Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Monterey counties.

The Merlot grape is very popular among wine crafters, aficionados, and beginners to the world of wine for a very good reason. It is a delicate, versatile wine that can be blended with other grapes or left alone for a wide range of flavors.

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