Wine is something that nearly everyone can agree is a wonderful addition to a meal. But the ultimate food to pair with wine is, of course, cheese. Whether you are making appetizers for a dinner party or you have arranged a cheese and wine tasting for your family and friends, it’s important to know that not all wine and cheese go together. In order to help you with pairings, we have put together a simple guide below. Continue reading to find out which wines you should be serving with certain cheeses and why these combinations work so well to satisfy the palate.
Hard Cheese & Red Wine
For the most part, this is a flawless combination. Hard cheese is stiff and have a sharp or even salty taste. They are cheeses like Gouda and Cheddar, and most often pair best with wines like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. On the other hand, Parmesan cheese is most often best accompanied by a Chianti. The only exception is Gruyere cheese, which works best with a nice Sauvignon Blanc.
Bloomy Cheese & Sparkling/White Wine
A bloomy cheese is one that is both rich and creamy and comes with a soft rind, like brie for instance. These wines are best paired with a sparkling or crisp white wine. If you are looking for a cheese that will go well with champagne, we would suggest you try a Camembert. Alternatively, if you really are as brie person, a Chardonnay is your best choice for wine pairing.
Blue Cheese & Dessert Wine
As the most pungent and salty variety of cheese, blue cheeses are known to go best with dessert wines. The sweetness of the wine works to balance out the salt of the cheese. Gorgonzola, for instance, will pair perfectly with a Port, while a Stilton should be your choice if you are eating a Stilton. Classic blue cheese, on the other hand, pairs best with a Reisling.
Fresh Cheese & White Wine
If you are eating soft cheeses that often come with a tangy or mild flavor, you will most likely want to pair them with some variety of white wine. Ricotta, for example, is a great cheese to pair with Pinot Grigio. Another popular combination is that of Mozzarella and Sauvignon Blanc.
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While these may only be the most popular cheeses that people tend to buy, the world of pairing wine and cheese is a very complex one with innumerable combinations. This means no matter what wine you have in mind, you can find the cheese to complement it perfectly. Not only will this be a treat for your tongue, but any guests you are serving will also likely be extremely impressed. If you are trying to figure out which wine you should pair with a certain cheese, we can absolutely assist you at World Beverage in Loveland. We have an extensive wine collection for you to choose from. Stop in today to learn more about what wines we have in stock and which one you should choose for any and all occasions.