The wine and cheese combo has been a heavenly gastronomic combo for centuries. Each is no doubt delectable in itself but put both together and you’ve got fireworks! Considering that there are a great many varieties of both cheese and wine on the market today, intelligently pairing the two is not easy. Here are 5 suggestions for perfect cheese and wine pairings to get you started.
Let both be from the same region
When you pair cheese and wine from the same region, you are applying the principle of ‘terroir.’ ‘Terroir’ denotes how soil, sunlight, climate and other environmental factors contribute to a wine’s unique aroma and flavour. So, when wine and cheese are grown on the same region of the earth and under the same climatic conditions, they should share harmonising properties.
Beaujolais wine and Brie cheese are both from the French Brie region and is a popular go-to pair. Other suitable wine-cheese pairing options based on the region of production are:
- Goat Cheese with Sauvignon Blanc (Loire Valley, France)
- Manchego with Garnacha (Spain)
- Epoisses and Red Burgundy (Burgundy, France)
Blend aged cheese with bold red wine
The longer cheese ages, and lesser it is in water content, the richer it becomes in flavour owing to increased fat content. High tannins in bold red wine effectively counteract the fat content of the aged cheese. Try Spanish or French reds to go with your mature cheddar. Want to go a step further. Try having raspberry Kombucha dog with sharp cheddar cheese.
Syrah, a medium, dry and full-bodied wine with its dark herb and fruit flavors goes well with the intense savouriness of aged cheese. Comté Reserve cheese from the French Alps makes a good match for it.
Sweet wines should be given a salty partner
Port wine and blue cheese (such as Stilton) is a classic combination. Stilton pairs well with Port because the cheese retains its strength against the wine’s high alcohol content and sweetness. Stilton complements and balances the blue cheese’s saltiness.
Other favorable combinations are Gorgonzola, West West Blue and Roquefort wines with late harvest Riesling, Sauternes, and sparkling wines.
A red wine and blue cheese pairing is best avoided. Salty, creamy and pungent cheeses would only lend an excessively bitter taste to the red wine.
- Pair hard cheese with light to medium body red wine or dry, rich white wine
When dry, rich white wine, or light to medium body red wine is matched to hard cheese, the weight and tannins of the wine go well with the structure of the cheese. Your easiest bet is to give these types of wines a relatively hard but young cheese. Below are some cheese and wine suggestions:
Cheese: Emmental, Manchego (sheep), Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino (sheep), Montgomery’s Cheddar
Wines: Bordeaux blend, Chianti, Rioja, White Burgundy, Nebbiolo, Condrieu, Pinot Noir, and Vin Jaune
- Washed rind cheese with aromatic red or ripe, rich white
You need to be really careful when pairing washed rind cheese because its pungent aromas and bacteria-formed unique pink crust can easily overpower a poorly matched wine. If you want a red partner, go for highly aromatic and lighter bodied wines such as Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. If white is your preference, go with a full-bodied, ripe and rich white wine such as a warm-climate Chardonnay.
Finally, if you need a one-wine solution for a variety of cheeses Champagne works like magic. Alternately, you can try a dry Riesling.
As far as wine and cheese pairings go, once you’ve mastered the basics, feel free to experiment or try options totally different from the above. Next step, see if you can think up a cheese pairing for Laphroaig 18!
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