Basic Wine & Cheese Pairings
Wine and cheese were practically made for each other. The richness of cheese goes beautifully with so many wines, particularly those with a nice bright acidity and even wines that are rather tannic as well. Whether you’re looking to choose a wine for a cheese plate when dining out or are planning a wine and cheese party at home, here are a few winning combinations to try out.
|Brie||Cow’s milk||Soft||Pinot Noir|
|Burata||Cow’s milk||Soft||Pinot Grigio|
|Camembert||Cow’s milk||Soft||Chenin Blanc/Pinot Noir|
|Cheddar||Cow’s milk||Semi-hard||Cabernet Sauvignon/Cab blend|
|Cheddar (aged)||Cow’s milk||Semi-hard||Tempranillo|
|Chèvre||Goat’s milk||Soft||Sauvignon Blanc|
|Gorgonzola||Cow’s milk||Blue||Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer|
|Gouda||Cow’s milk||Semi-hard||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Stilton||Cow’s milk||Blue||Late harvest dessert wine e.g. Sauternes|
When choosing a wine, make sure to keep these few things in mind:
- The age and intensity of the cheese. The more intense a cheese is, the bolder a wine you’ll need.
- Salt and sweet go together beautifully.
- Older cheese take to tannins well.
- You can contrast the wine and cheese, for example asiago with Prosecco, or pair like with like, or bold with bold.
- A high acid wines helps cleanse the palate.
- You can also look to the region where a cheese comes from when deciding on what wine to drink alongside it. There’s the old rule ‘what grows together goes together.’