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Ophorus Tours - Delicious Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience in Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Delicious Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience in Bordeaux

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  • Food & Wine

  • 90 minutes

  • Small Groups ( 1~12 )

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Enjoy gastronomical pleasures while in France on this Bordeaux wine and cheese pairing experience.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a personal welcome in a historical location
  • Discover more about food & wine pairings
  • Taste the region's most typical wines
  • Savor delicious French cheeses
  • Plunge into the 100+ cheese underground cellar

Program & Itinerary

Enjoy the best of France while in Bordeaux on this 1.5-hour cheese and wine tasting session. Meet in one of Bordeaux’s most unique locations and discover the underground vaulted “100 cheese cellar”! In a fun & informative atmosphere, come and savor 9 AOC cheeses from all over France that will be complemented by three regional award winning wines of Bordeaux. Learn about the famous Bordeaux blends ...

Your Bordeaux Wine & Cheese tasting experience

Enjoy the best of France while in Bordeaux on this 1.5-hour cheese and wine tasting session. Meet in one of Bordeaux’s most unique locations and discover the underground vaulted “100 cheese cellar”!

In a fun & informative atmosphere, come and savor 9 AOC cheeses from all over France that will be complemented by three regional award winning wines of Bordeaux. Learn about the famous Bordeaux blends and taste some delicious red wines, dry white wines and sweet wines paired with creamy cheeses, salty cheeses, blue cheeses, aged cheeses, goat cheeses or washed rind cheeses.

Your red Bordeaux wines will be mainly composed of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. White Bordeaux wines usually blend Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grape varieties even though other authorized grapes include Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle.

Here, indulge in a wine and cheese pairing and experience a wide range of flavors, aromas and characteristics. Of course, your cheese tasting will also include delicious local bread! Bon appétit !

Classic Bordeaux Wine and Cheese Pairings

Here are a few tips concerning wine & cheese pairing that we think might be helpful before you experience this once in Bordeaux. A good example of Bordeaux wine & cheese is the combination of sheep cheese with round & structured Bordeaux red wines. In this case, a perfect match could be found with a Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux that will break down the proteins of the cheese.

Another great option for sheep cheese would be to pair it with a sweet white wine. This unusual pairing always comes as a surprise to many, but in France a slightly sweet white from the Sauternes appellation that is unctuous and intense whose sweetness will bring out a contrast with the salty, tangy flavors of the cheese.

For creamy cheeses, Bordeaux dry white wines will make for a perfect match. A good example could be to combine a salmon snack made with creamy cheese paired with white wines produced in the Graves region of Bordeaux. This rich and textural white wine brought by the blend of Sauvignon blanc and Sémillon will perfectly match with the richness of the ingredients. Another option can also be found in a lighter sweet white wine from the Cadillac or Loupiac appellations.

For a creamy cheese such as Saint Marcelin another option would be to pair it with a fruity red wine. The red fruits in the wine make the fat of the cheese more delicate and tasty. This type of wine will also balance the acidity with its silky tannins and minerality.

Serving blue cheese can also be the perfect option to create unconventional pairings. In this case, why not try to pair a Roquefort or Bleu d'Auvergne with a late harvest white wine from Loupiac? The bitter flavor of the blue cheese and it's acidity will be balanced with the sugar brought by the late harvest wine. In addition, the fatty acids naturally present in cheese will perfectly combine with the fructose that can be found in late harvest wines making for a very soft pairing experience.

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  • 11:30 am
    or 05:30 pm

    Arrival at the meeting point & greeting by your local host

  • 11:40 am
    or 05:40 pm

    Visit the unique cheese cellar where more than 100 cheeses are maturing

  • 11:50 am
    or 05:50 pm

    Begin your Wine & Cheese pairing Experience

  • 01:00 pm
    or 07:00 pm

    End of your Wine & Cheese pairing experience

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Ophorus Tours - Delicious Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience in Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Delicious Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience in Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Delicious Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience in Bordeaux

Know before you book

  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the activity
  • Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years old
  • Activity is not wheelchair accessible
  • Experience not suitable for persons with diatery restrictions

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff

Meeting point

33000 Bordeaux

Departure

Meeting point will be communicated at time of booking. Please note that this is not a restaurant. Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will need to ring the door bell. Your host will then open up the venue and greet you as a special guest. After a short introduction of the location, your wine & cheese experience will begin.

Reviews

25 reviews
  • N/A

    30, Aug 2022

    This was a really enjoyable experience. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys cheese and wants to try some new wine parings. The cheese cave was...
  • Tracey_k

    07, Jan 2022

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and the restaurant was very cozy and quaint. The cheese cave is definitely something to see! The cheese and wine pairings...
  • Dominique_G

    23, Feb 2022

    Très belle découverte et très agréable moment. Bonne dégustation de fromages et de vins dans un très beau cadre. La personne qui nous a reçus et conseillés...
  • N/A

    29, Sep 2022

    The restaurant is cozy and charming … a wall of wine on the main floor. But downstairs is where they keep the treasures. Over 100 varieties of cheese...
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Included

  • Personalized welcome by your host
  • Introduction to the history of the venue
  • Visit the underground cheese cellar
  • Wine & food pairing experience
  • 3 platters of 3 assorted cheeses paired with 3 Bordeaux wines

Excluded

  • All extras that are not mentioned on the program

FAQ

  • Is this a restaurant?

    No, historically, this was a genuine cheese shop. It was opened by a famous food & wine critic who also hosts culinary shows on French TV. The shop was sold to the actual owners who decided to keep the shop atmosphere alive but added to it the possibility of organizing cheese & wine pairing sessions. That is why you will need to ring the door bell before entering so as to be personally welcomed by your host.
  • What type of Cheeses will I taste?

    France produces more than 400 cheese varieties that are classified into 7 different cheese types. These categories include white mould cheeses (Brie, Camembert...), Hard cheeses (Beaufort, Comté...), Blue cheeses (Bleu d'Auvergne, Roquefort...) or Goat cheeses. Your cheese and wine experience will include 3 different categories based on the maturity of the cheeses and chosen by your host.

    Please note that each category of cheese will be presented with a certain type of bread that better enhances your experience.
  • What type of wines will I taste?

    During this experience, you will taste only Bordeaux wines that will be paired with the category of cheese selected by your host. Let the adventure begin and find out what type of wines correspond to a certain category of cheese.
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