Cheers and Cheeses
Having a wine and cheese party? Find out which cheeses will complement to your dry white wines selection.
Who would have thought that wine and cheese would click together? Well, believe it or not, the two have been paired with each other since ages. But with too many wines and cheeses to choose from, pairing could get complicated particularly for beginners.
If you are planning to host a wine and cheese party, start from scratch by learning the basics of pairing wine and cheese. While there are no strict rules when it comes to pairing wines with cheeses as palates always vary, there are recommendations you may want to consider to achieve your goal of finding the perfect “couple” you and your guests would enjoy.
Narrowing your wine selection down to dry white wines would make the task easier for you. Dry white wines are ideally versatile and can complement well with many cheese varieties.
For soft cheeses such as Boursin, Blue Castello, Brie, buffalo mozzarella, Bucheron, Camembert, goat cheese, feta, Limburger, Gorgonzola, Mascarpone, Neufchatel, Muenster, Pave Affinois and Teleme are compatible with Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer.
The likes of Bel Paese, Baby Swiss, Colby, Fontina, Havarti, Kasseri, Madrigal Baby Swiss, Morbier, Port Salut which are all semi soft cheeses will go well with a bottle of Riesling or Chardonnay.
It has been said that soft cheeses are best for white wines but this is not always true. There are dry white wines that can match with semi hard or hard cheeses. Semi hard cheeses such as Chesire, Cheddar, Cotija, Double Gloucester, Danish Blue, Graddost, Gouda, Provolone, Panela, Roquefort, Stilton and Sonoma Jack can be partnered with Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. When it comes to hard cheeses such as Asiago, Derby, Blue, Emmentaler, Edam, Gruyere, Grana Padano, Jarlsberg, Manchego, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano, Reggiano, Raclette, Swiss, Wensleydale and Zamarano, you can never go wrong with Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.
As mentioned earlier, there are no general rules when it comes to pairing wines with cheeses. Anyone is free to mix and match according to their taste preferences. The main goal is to come up with a pair that blends with each other. Wine and cheese are supposed to have a harmonious interaction inside in our tongues. They should not overpower each other.
There’s a cheese meant for every wine and you don’t have to be an expert to know which cheese is best for a certain wine. Basically, it’s all a matter of trial and error. Don’t be afraid to experiment. More importantly, let your sense of taste decide.