Wine And Cheese Please: The Perfect Pairings
The season for outdoor dinner parties has arrived! Wine and cheese are two of life’s greatest culinary pleasures. I know sometimes I feel overwhelmed with finding the perfect pairings to induce a satisfied palette. There are a number of considerations, such as texture, acidity, fat and tannin. So here is a simple break down of happy wine and cheese marriages to keep in mind for your next soiree!
To make your cupid skills a bit easier, here is the 411 on everything cheesy.
4 Primary Cheese 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.
And onto the pairings...
1. Camembert loves Champagne
2. Brie loves Chardonnay
3. Robiola loves Sparking Wine
4. Taleggio loves Pinot Blanc
1. Gouda loves Merlot
2. Cheddar loves Cabernet Sauvignon
3. Parmesan loves Chianti
4. Double Gloucester loves Zinfandel
5. Gruyere loves Sauvignon Blanc
1. Gorgonzola loves Port
2. Blue loves Riesling
3. Cambozola loves Eiswein
4. Stilton loves Sauternes
1. Ricotta loves Pinot Grigio
2. Goat loves Chenin Blanc
3. Burrata loves Tocai Friulano
4. Feta loves Beaujolais