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Wine and cheese pairings

Wine and cheese are a popular combination but it can be hard to determine which wine goes well with which cheese. Read on for some tips on wine and cheese pairings.

Wine and cheese pairings – things to consider

Texture

When pairing wine with cheese, it’s important to consider the texture of both the wine and the cheese. Heavier, stronger cheeses are best paired with bold, full-bodied wines. For example, a rich and creamy brie would go well with a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel. Meanwhile, lighter cheeses are better paired with light and fruity wines. A goat’s cheese would be perfect with a Pinot Grigio or Rosé wine, for example.

Cheese flavour

If you’re pairing wine with stinky cheeses, you’ll need to balance out the strong flavours. Consider wine pairings that are citrusy or have notes of tropical fruit, spice, or herbs. For example, a Gewürztraminer wine is often used for cheese pairings since it balances out the strong flavour of stinky cheese without overpowering it.

Creamy cheeses

For this kind of cheese, consider wine flavours that are nutty or earthy. A creamy blue-veined cheese would be best with wine flavours reminiscent of nuts and fruit – something like an aged Chardonnay would work well here. Meanwhile, fresh goat’s milk cheese blends nicely with wines that have floral or herbal notes like Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

Wine and cheese pairings – wine varieties to look for

As you might expect, many wine varieties work well with cheese it’s just a matter of finding the characteristics in the wine that are complemented by different cheeses.

Some examples of wine and cheese pairings

  • Pair a Zinfandel wine with creamy Gorgonzola cheese to complement its spicy tones
  • Dry rosé wine is perfect for pairing with goat’s milk cheese as the wine will balance out the flavor of this fresh, flavorful cheese
  • A sweet Moscato wine works well with soft and mild cheeses such as Brie because it enhances the already present sweetness in these types of cheeses
  • Serve a Cabernet Sauvignon wine with aged Cheddar cheese to bring out the bold and earthy flavors in the wine
  • Enjoy a nutty Gruyère cheese with a light Sauvignon Blanc wine
  • Pair a creamy Stilton cheese with an oaky Chardonnay wine

Wine and cheese pairings – some final tips

Ultimately, it’s all about personal taste when it comes to wine and pairing wine with different types of cheese. Try out these wine and cheese pairing ideas to start off but don’t be afraid to adjust them based on your preferences or what types of cheeses you have available since there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer. And, of course, wine and cheese go great together so have fun experimenting!

Wine and cheese events

If you want to take your wine and cheese pairings up a notch then try out our masterclass. This masterclass will teach you how to pair different styles of wines with different cheeses and includes eight wines and cheeses to taste during the event.

Now that you know what wine goes well with what type of cheese, create your own wine and cheese pairings! Try an assortment of soft or semi-soft cheeses with a variety of light and fruity wines. Or go for the bolder route and try hard cheeses with richer, fuller-bodied wines. With a little experimentation, you’re sure to find wine and cheese pairings that are perfect for your palate.

Cheers!

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