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Wine and Cheese Pairing Charts
In this article, we will explore 9 wine and cheese pairings for beginners and experts alike. These combinations delve into the complex nature of the flavors in both wine and type of cheese and show why these two delicious delicacies are a perfect match. Here are 9 of the best wine and cheese pairings that you shouldn't miss.
Champagne Cheese Pairing
Champagne Characteristics: Light to medium-bodied with taste ranges of dry to off dry; flavors consist of toasted fruit and citrus flavors.
Pairing: Though Champagne is a versatile bubbly wine that compliments a wide range of cheeses; I would recommend a semi-soft cheese with a creamy flavor such as a Camembert. This soft, light cheese would bring more complexities out of the wine and accentuate the finish.
Other Cheeses to Consider: Brie, Baby Swiss, Colby
Cabernet Sauvignon Cheese Pairing
Cabernet Sauvignon Characteristics: Medium to full-bodied red wine with hints of herbs, dark fruits, and sometimes flavors of mocha or vanilla. Cabernet is a classic wine.
Pairing: The strong texture and full body of a Cabernet Sauvignon brings out strong flavors of a strong cheese like Cheddar. Medium-bodied firm cheese are your best bet here!
Other Cheeses to Consider: Gruyere, Comte, Gouda
Chardonnay Cheese Pairing
Chardonnay Characteristics: Medium-bodied and dry sparkling wine with notes of apples, pears, and other crisp fruit flavors.
Pairing: Since Chardonnay tends to be a light-bodied pairing wine that is crisp and fruity, pairing it with a mild creamy cheese can result in the cheese almost tasting sweet. A light maasdam cheese or mild cheddar would be the perfect combo here.
Other Cheeses to Consider: Bouche, Cheddar, Brie
Merlot Cheese Pairing
Merlot Characteristics: Medium to Full-bodied with notes of dark fruit, stone, and tea. Less tannic than other reds, it makes great for flavorful cheeses.
Pairing: Merlot is a wine that can be paired great with a cheese that has a strong flavor and washed rind. The dry flavors and fruitiness of a Merlot marvelously blends with cheeses that are sharp or tangy, adding to complex flavored cheeses really nicely.
Other Cheese to Consider: Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Jarlsberg, Goat cheese
Moscato Cheese Pairing
Moscato Characteristics: Moscato is light-bodied white wine and a bit dry with notes of fruit and citrus, very aromatic flavors as well.
Pairing: Moscato typically has a sweetness to it that makes it a great pairing with spicier cheeses like Pepper Jack or Muenster or other creamy cheeses.
Other Cheeses to Consider: Brie, Camembert
Pinot Grigio Cheese Pairing
Pinot Grigio Characteristics: Pinot Grigio is light-bodied and full of dry refreshing flavors of fruits like peach, pear, and melon.
Pairing: Because of its crisp flavor and high acidity, Pinot Grigio acts as a great palette cleanser for milder cheeses. Because of this, it pairs perfectly with ricotta or mild cheddar.
Other Cheese to Consider: Mozzarella, Humboldt Fog Chevre
Port Cheese Pairing
Port Characteristics: Most commonly enjoyed as a dessert wine, Port is sweet, intense, and has persistent aromas and flavors of dark fruit.
Pairing: Mellow, rich, and nutty, Port wine can be served with dry hard cheeses like Parmesan.
Other Cheese to Consider: Cheddar, Comte, Blue Cheese
Riesling Cheese Pairing
Riesling Characteristics: Light-bodied and off dry, with delicate flavors of peach blossoms and stone fruits.
Pairing: Being acidic, sugar, and a sweet wine; Riesling pairs nicely with zesty cheeses with lots of booming flavor or spicy cheeses.
Other Cheeses to Consider: Blue Cheese, Aged Gouda, Feta
Sauvignon Blanc Cheese Pairing
Sauvignon Blanc Characteristics: Light-bodied and dry, hints of grass and citrus. Crisp with a nuanced finish, Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with a wide variety of cheeses.
Pairing: Since Sauvignon Blanc is bright and light-bodied, it will not overpower cheeses with a more subtle flavor like Havarti.
Other Cheeses to Consider: Monterey Jack, Muenster, Parmesan, Swiss
If you're looking for a delightful pairing with a glass of wine for your next get-together with your friends, than try to include at least one of the wine and cheese pairings listed above. They are all delicious and worth a try! Next, learn about how to store your wine correctly so it lasts the longest!
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