Wine Pairing
Red Leicester (UK)

Red Leicester

Our favorite wine pairing is Red Port.

A White favorite is Oaked Chardonnay.

A Red favorite is Argentinian Malbec.

Other favorites are Primitivo and Zinfandel.

About Red Leicester

Red Leicester is a hard cow cheese named after the city of Leicester in England. It is similar to Cheddar, just more moist and crumbly.

Red Leicester can be as young as two months or aged longer like in the traditional style (6 to 12 months).

The texture is friable and the taste changes with ageing: from slightly sweet when young, to savory and nutty when mature.

One reason is the loss of moisture and consequent concentration of salt.

Being a hard cheese, Red Leicester matches both medium and full-bodied red wines because they share the intensity.

Another way to go is matching the saltiness of this hard cheese with the sweetness of a Vintage Port or of your favourite off-dry to sweet wine.

Did You Know?

The distintive deep orange color comes from a vegetable pigment called "annatto", originating in South America.

Annatto or Roucou is extracted from the seeds of the Achiote tree and was used by indigenous as body paint, dye, lipstick as well as spice in food.