Wine and cheese are bedfellows for both gourmands and wine enthusiasts. It is the one marriage no one can frown at, the mouthwatering combination of wine and cheese. However, finding the perfect match, as much as it is a delightful endeavor, can be a daunting task. Yet be it sweet, tannic, acidic, you can bet there is no wine out there without its ideal cheese pair. Let’s dive into pairing wine and cheese.
If you have never seriously dabbled in wine and food pairing there are a few things to take into account. As a novice wine lover you might not be that knowledgeable about which wine goes well with which cheese. We’ll try to show the basics of mixing and matching two of life’s greatest culinary pleasures. Let’s get you started and make a wine-pairing connoisseur out of you.
When it comes to looking for the perfect wine for your cheeseboard we believe it is best to break things down by cheese type.
Wine with Hard Cheese
Cheddar, Comte, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Manchego and Parmesan are hard cheeses easy to pair with wine. For instance bold, medium-bodied red wines such as our VenToSpain Cabernet Sauvignon go will with this type of cheese. For white wines we have vintage traditional sparkling wines (Champagne, Franciacorta). And the classic pairing for hard cheese lies with Manchego and Amontillado Sherry or Pecorino Toscano and Chianti Classico.
Wine with Soft Cheese
Soft cheeses range from semi-soft non spreadable cheeses like brie or camembert to true soft like Philadelphia cheese. Fruity red pinot noirs or Beaujolais, or white bottlings (Albariño, Pinot Blanc) are highly recommended. It is worth mentioning that a good rosé makes the grade too.
Wine with Blue Cheese
Blue cheeses include Stilton, Roquefort and Gorgonzola. Sweet and dessert wines are the classic pairing for this type of cheese: Sauternes with Roquefort or Port and Stilton. Sweet sherry is another option. And do not forget the Gorgonzola Piccante and Vin Santo.
Wine with Fresh Cheese
Soft and rindless, these cheeses can be made with cow, goat or sheep milk. They are not aged and boast a mild flavor. Goat cheese is classic, but others such as farmer’s cheese, ricotta or tub cheese fall into this category too. A good Sauvignon Blanc goes well with goat cheese, but a dry rosé is another choice. When it comes to White wine the best pick is a nice Verdejo or Chardonnay such as those we offer.
Wine with Washed-Rind Cheese
Often referred to as the “stinky cheese”, these are rich and creamy, with pleasantly pungent notes albeit funkier than others. Epoisses, Reblochon, Vacherin Mont d’Or and Taleggio belong all to this category. Crisp dry, off-dry or sparkling white wines work better than red, but a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais are good choices.
Pair your Favorite Cheese with exceptional Spanish Wine!
Although some cheeses taste better with certain wines, you should never be afraid to experiment. The next time you fix yourself up a plate of your favorite cheese, give Spanish wine a try. With its well-established, long-standing winemaking tradition, Spanish wine might have what you are looking for in that perfect match.
VenToSpain combines the passion and warmth of Spain with the high-spirited and joyful nature of its people. Don’t you think that is a wonderful pairing? So do we, and that’s why we invite you to check out our carefully crafted wine line VenToSpain. Your quest for pairing wine and cheese is not an easy one, but we are sure you will find a good match in our wines. Cheers!
Sources: www.winemag.com, www.vinepair.com