Cheese and Wine
It’s no secret that wine and cheese go together but that doesn’t mean that any cheese can go with just any wine. It’s important to understand that whatever you decide to pair your wine with, it’s supposed to enhance the flavor along with your experience.
While some of us are beginning to become wine connoisseurs, not all of us are cheese connoisseurs so a lot of it will be trial and error on your part. If you’re hosting a party and you want to serve some cheese and wine, it’s always a good idea to dip your toes in the water a bit to know what you’re working with. Here we’ll explain some wines that you can pair with whatever cheese you have.
- Starting off with hard cheese. This may include cheddar and Manchego. They are probably one of the easiest cheeses to pair with wine. You will see a lot of people pair it with a red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or even a Rioja. That may be the more enjoyable pairing. You will also find that some people try cheddar with Chardonnay.
- After that comes soft cheeses. This will range from Philadelphia to B A lot of people have said that they like these cheeses with a fruity red wine like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. It is also common for white wine to be considered fruity. In this instant, Rose will also be a good pairing for this kind of cheese.
- Next on the list is the infamous Blue Cheese. With this kind of cheese, the wine pairings do tend to be on the sweeter side as well. You’ll eventually see people have it with Sauternes or even Port.
Those are some of the more common pairings. It’s good to keep in mind that when it comes to cheese and wine, it can be completely up to your interpretation. What may taste good for one person, may taste terrible for someone else. It’s a good experimenting experience. It can also help branch you out and find some different wines that you may like.
One of the best tips that we can give you is to pair wine and cheese with equal intensity. According to Wine Follys “6 Tips on Pairing Wine and Cheese” wines over 14.5% ABV are more intense and taste better with intensely flavored cheeses. It doesn’t stop there. It’s good to keep in mind that it’s also good to pair wine and cheese that come from the same place. This is because they have some of the same traditions and will often work really well together. Of course, we will never know for certain until we try. If all else fails a good trick is to pair any wine with a nutty kind of cheese. These types of cheeses will have enough fat to balance red AND white wines. You can’t go wrong.
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