cheese and wine pairings

Cheese and Wine Pairings: Dry Wines

Cheese and wine does not necessarily mean dessert wine. Discover our tips to pair the best cheese for dry wine.

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We have already talked about how to pair cheeses and dessert wines, a guide to taste cheese at the end of the meal. Today we want to suggest you some cheeses and wines combinations for the perfect appetizer,  to tickle your palate and experience new tastes.

If you are among those that when hear the word “truffle” think of the delicious fungus a never to a chocolate sweet; if the sweetest food you can dream is a creamy gorgonzola, if you love savory food, yes,You will love pairing dry wine and cheese.

There are a lot of gourmet combinations to try, but we've selected some for you, remembering, first of all, that making a wine and cheese pairing guide is a touchy subject: naturally, there are some objective characteristics that make you choose a cheese type rather than another one, but indubitably there is a big component of personal taste in this choice.

How to pair wine and cheese

An important aspect to consider for pairing cheese and wine is the age of the cheese: fresh cheeses match well with a more acid and fruity wine, while hard cheese prefer a more structured wine. Do an experiment: take the same cheese and try it in different combinations: for example, aged Caciocavallo combines with full-bodied red wines such as the Aglianico del Vulture, while young Caciocavallo pairs well with lighter and fruity red wines such as the Lagrain.

Another important tip is pairing cheese and wine from the same region, in order to to preserve and taste the gastronomic culture of a place.It is very common to find excellent combination among flavors born together.

And now let's see our cheese pairing ideas to match dry wine with different types of cheeses

Cheese and wine pairing

Cheese and wine pairing list

Fresh cheese

Fresh cheese pairs well with fruity light wines. French cheese like Camembert and Brie pair well with white wines like Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, but also a Silvaner from Trentino-Alto-Adige, or with a red wine like a simple and fruity Beaujolais or a Lambrusco di Sorbara.
Fresh cheese and wine tip: combine Camembert with Pinot Gris, if you like classic matches, or serce the cheese with a Alto-Adige Sylvaner to explore a different combination.

Semi-hard cheese

Emmental, Gruyère, Tomme, Castelmagno… Semi-hard cheeses have a stronger flavor and require more structured wines, with a right balance of fruity, acidity but also tannic flavors.
Pair these cheeses with barriqued white wines or red wines with a harmonious and pleasant taste like Beaujolais, Zinfandel, Dolcetto.
Semi-hard cheese and wine tip: choose Castelmagno and Barolo for a more traditional pairing, but also Barbaresco - made from the same Nebbiolo grape - can be a good option.

Blue cheese

Roquefort pairs well with aged Bordeaux or with Alsatian white wine, while for Gorgonzola it is necessary to make an observation: the piquant one goes well with structured and tannic red wines like Barolo, Barbaresco or Brunello di Montalcino. A sweet creamy gorgonzola marries best with Pinot Bianco, Dolcetto or Chianti Classico.
Blue cheese and wine tip: for Gorgonzola we suggest dry white wines like Gewurztraminer, an aromatic and intense white wine, Sylvaner or Franciacorta.

Hard cheese

Aged cheeses pair well with aged full-body wines. Serve aged Cheddar, Gouda, Pecorino, Parmigiano reggiano with tannic red wines like Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Sagrantino di Montefalco, Bordeaux, Barolo, Barbaresco or with a white Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hard cheese and wine tip: combine Amarone della Valpolicella, an amazing structured red wine, with Parmigiano reggiano 24-36 months, or with a truffle cheese, to exalt the nutty notes of this wine.

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