Welcome to the luscious world of Côtes du Rhône wines and Comté cheese. It’s a place where generational knowledge reigns supreme, respect for the environment is paramount, and food and wine are taken very, very seriously.
The practice of making Comté and Côtes du Rhône is a celebration of human ingenuity, one that dates back thousands of years. The production of Comté in France’s mountainous Jura region dates back to the Neolithic period, and Latin texts reference that Jura cheese was enjoyed in ancient Rome. Similarly, wine production in the Côtes du Rhône dates back at least 2,000 years when Greeks and Romans settled the area. Today, these two products are responsible for nearly 70,000 jobs in France.
Comté can be a delightful cheese for the seemingly simple pairing of a piece of Comté with a glass of Côtes du Rhône — many options exist depending on the Comté. In culinary preparation, from quiche to grilled cheese to noodle dishes, there’s a lovely Côtes du Rhône to pair with each of these dishes made with Comté.
On today’s episode of the “VinePair Podcast,” Zach is once again joined by dairy farmer Jean-François Marmier and winemaker Raphael Pommier to discuss the interconnected legacies of Comté cheese and Côtes du Rhône wine.
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This podcast is sponsored by Comté x Côtes du Rhône.