Simple tips for pairing cheese and wine
Pairing cheese and wine is not a rocket a science, but you must be an expert connosseur of cheeses and of their characteristics, as well as of wine to make a balanced combination. And with complex flavors the mission is even harder.
For this reason, we'll share with you some tips that will help you with pairing wine and cheese with little-to-no effort.
Aged cheeses and bold flavored red wines
Combining aged cheeses with wine is a must. Are you planning to serve a good aged Cheddar on your board? Choose a red with bold flavors like a Shiraz, a Cabernet Sauvignon. Its high tannin concentrations will combine with your aged cheese very well.
Soft and creamy cheeses with sparkling wine
What's better than an amazing creamy and soft cheeses for desserts? Brie, Camembert, goat cheeses... What's the best wine to serve with soft cheeses? Definitely sparkling wine. In fact, sparkling wine has a high acidic level along with high levels of carbonation, so it wipes your palate clean allowing to enjoy more the creamy goodness.
Pairing cheese and wine from the same country
This is not a real rule, but combining wines and cheeses that originate from the same place can be a good strategy. As a matter of fact, each area has specific characteristics and tastes that can be found in different products.
A Chardonnay will pair with a French cheese like Epoisses de Bourgogne, or you can combine a delicious piedmont Robiola with Barolo. How can one resist?
Dessert wines and... what cheese?
And what if you love sweet wines like Moscato or Late Harvest dessert? Prepare youselves to a really weird combination. In fact dessert wines are great with the stinkiest goodness that usually make you turn your nose up. The extreme tastes from both give them the perfect pairing relationship.
Follow your taste
Follow these tips to find the perfect pairing for you and prepare a 5-star cheese and wine tasting. And if you happen to be in doubt, here is a basic rule that will prevent you from making mistakes: never pair a strong wine with a mild cheese, because one flavor would dominate the other.
Finally, one more suggestion: relax and remember that we all have our own taste preferences!
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