Wine & Cheese Pairing

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Wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor. As with any wine and food pairing there are a number of considerations, such as texture, acidity, fat and tannin. Rather than complicating the topic with exotic matches like Garrotxa and Meursault, we have broken the art of wine and cheese pairing down, so you can create your own. 

Wine and Cheese Pairings

The wine-cheese pairing possibilities are endless, but to simplify the strategy, we can divide cheese into four major categories:

Bloomy: Creamy, decadent cheeses, with a soft rind. 

Hard: Stiff cheeses, which are often sharp and/or salty. They can also be aged. 

Blue: Pungent, often salty cheeses, with a blue tinge. 

Fresh: Soft, often spreadable cheeses that can be tangy or mild. They are not usually aged.

If you have a specific cheese in mind, first contemplate the category it belongs to. You can then consult our wine and cheese pairing examples for ideas. Cheese set and cheese spreaders are welcome for party and serves a well purpose.

Just as with any food pairing, it helps to think of either complementary or contrasting flavors. A lush wine works well with a triple-cream cheese, while an acidic wine will cut the cheese's sweetness. As you begin to experiment, taste the cheese first by itself, to get a sense of its character, and then put another bite into your mouth with some wine to see how they mingle. Many experts say that white tends to pair better with cheese, but a light-bodied red and cheese pairing is still possible.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Examples:

Cheese Wine
Camembert Champagne
Brie Chardonnay
Robiola Sparkling Wine
Taleggio Pinot Blanc
Gouda Merlot
Cheddar Cabernet Sauvignon
Parmesan Chianti
Double Gloucester Zinfandel
Pecorino Valpolicella
Gruyere Sauvignon Blanc
Fontina Bardolino
Gorgonzola Port
Stilton Sauternes
Blue Riesling
Cambozola Eiswein
Ricotta Pinot Grigio
Mozzarella Sauvignon Blanc
Goat Chenin Blanc
Feta Beaujolais
Burrata Tocai Friulano



Preparing a Wine and Cheese Party

What better way to taste a variety of pairings then to throw a wine and cheese party? Purchase a few different cheeses from a cheese shop or gourmet store with a well-equipped storage facility. You can get creative with cheese place cards or purchase a nifty cheese tray which allow you to etch cheese names in chalk. Lastly, be sure to serve the wine and cheese at their proper temperatures, so their flavors can emerge. Serve white wine at 45°F, red wine at 60°F and remove the cheese from the refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes prior to serving.

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