Overhead view of two charcuterie boards with different varieties of artisanal cheeses and two VQA wine bottles, one is red wine the other is white wine.

Ontario Cheese & Wine Winter Pairings

Nov 10 2021

Ontario is recognized around the world as a major and mature producer of outstanding winter wines that pair beautifully with its vast selection of classic and one-of-a-kind Ontario artisan cheeses. While delicious on their own, together they express the terroir of our great dairy and wine producing regions across the province.

 

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Ontario Cheese & Wine Winter Pairings

Savour Ontario is proud to present the FREE Cheese & Wine Winter Pairing Guide that includes classic cheese and wine pairings and recipes put together in collaboration with local Ontario Chefs and VQA!

Featured in the Ontario Cheese & Wine Winter Pairing Guide are incredible recipes developed by some of the top Chefs in Ontario!

 

Chef Missy Hui:


Chef Michael Bonacini: 

 

Chef Emily Richards:

Winter Pairing Recipes

A round, white dish with Cauliflower, Leek Potato Gratin on top of a round wooden serving dish next to to glasses of red wine.

Cauliflower, Leek & Potato Gratin

Featured on Breakfast Television and developed by renowned Chef, MasterChef Canada judge and co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, Chef Michael Bonacini has gifted us this show-stopping Cauliflower, Leek & Potato Gratin, made with delicious 5 Brothers Cheese from Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese and Mountainoak 2 Year Gouda from Mountainoak Cheese!

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Over head view of Beef Tenderloin with Ontario Taleggio & Confit Onions on a round blue plate on top of a blue napkin beside a plate of sliced cheese.

Beef Tenderloin with Ontario Taleggio & Confit Onions

Dinner is served! Made with rich and creamy Albert's Leap Le Bon Secret in Vaughan, Ontario, this Beef Tenderloin with Ontario Taleggio & Confit Onions recipe by Chef Missy Hui is the perfect dish to elevate your hosting skills.

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Sausage Gnocchi with Ontario Feta & Roasted Cauliflower in a shallow, round, white bowl next to a grey napkin with a fork on top, in behind is a glass of wine and a small round plate with crumbled blue cheese.

Sausage Gnocchi with Ontario Gorgonzola & Roasted Cauliflower

Are you drooling yet? This Sausage Gnocchi with Ontario Gorgonzola & Roasted Cauliflower recipe by Chef Emily Richards, is the perfect winter dish. The ever-so versatile Gorgonzola (made in Ontario!) from Castello Cheese is a full-flavoured and earthy cheese that adds tang to red meats and sauces.

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Overhead view of Ontario Blue Cheese Crisps with Roasted Squash & Pear Salad in a round bowl on top of a round wooden serving board next to three blue cheese crisps, one with red jelly on top.

Ontario Blue Cheese Crisps with Roasted Squash & Pear Salad

Has the cold weather got you blue? Don’t worry, we’ve got you! This colourful salad will help brighten your day and your table spread. Made with Ontario blue cheese, this Blue Cheese Crisps with Roasted Squash & Pear Salad recipe by Chef Emily Richards, delivers all the flavours of winter - without the cold temperatures!

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Double Ontario Cheese Crock in a round, handled, cream and speckled colour crock pot on top of a rectangular serving board with bread and pear slices, next to a glass of white wine to the right and small plates of cheese to the left.

Double Ontario Cheese Crock

Need an appetizer idea? Look no further! Best served with crackers or flatbread, this Double Ontario Cheese Crock made with smoked cheddar cheese is a delicious appetizer for a family dinner or party.

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A slice of sponge cake on a bed of fruit with a dollop of ricotta on top with a sprig of mint next to it, the slice of cake is on a round white plate that is set on top of a red napkin.

Seasonal Fruit & Ricotta Sponge Cake Bake

This Seasonal Fruit & Ricotta Sponge Cake Bake by notable Chef Michael Bonacini is so delicious, you’ll need to double up on the recipe because your guests will be begging for more!

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A Feta Cheesecake with Apple Compote on a round silver platter on top of a round wooden serving board next to a tall glass of wine next to 3 apples and a green napkin.

Ontario Feta Cheesecake with Apple Compote

Level up your culinary skills with this mouthwatering masterpiece crafted by Chef Missy Hui using fresh, Ontario feta cheese from Tre Stelle Cheese. Moist, decadent and savoury, topped with an apple compote, this feta cheesecake is the ultimate dessert for your next gathering, hands down.

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Photo of chef Michael Bonacini cooking his cauliflower, leek & potato gratin recipe.

Chef Michael Bonacini on Breakfast Television

Check out Chef Michael Bonacini’s segment on Breakfast Television where he demonstrates how to incorporate Ontario-crafted cheeses into any meal, all while cooking up his incredible Cauliflower, Leak & Potato Gratin recipe!

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Over head shot of a round serving board with various types of artisanal cheeses and two glasses of wine.

Go All-In on Local for the Holidays: Give the Gift of Ontario Artisan Cheese

Give the gift of Cheese! We’ve put together a list of some incredible gifting options from Ontario’s artisan cheese community including pre-curated or custom cheese boxes and baskets. 

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To guide you along your Ontario cheese and wine pairing discovery, the VQA team worked with Savour Ontario to provide perfect pairings for winter holiday tables or quiet nights for two.

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