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How to Pair Wine and Cheese

Vilmos Bela
Wine with cheese. Cheese. Wine and cheese.

However you give it priority in your life, when combined with a decent glass of anything wonderful, the gift of cow to humanity may be life-assertingly good.

But it is important studying the principles of wine and cheese matching before you release your best barolo on a plate of Dairylea triangles.
Many cheeses, especially those that are really mature and sumptuous, really are not a natural match for wine and can destroy the delicate smells and flavours, and vice versa.

White wines typically equal the punch of a rumbling red, since its sharp acidity may slice through the richness of milk.
Tell your cheese a dry or sweet white wine; a fresh, fruity companion, which will stop all the rich fats and proteins from being too cloyed.


Try: simply stick to a match.


The beautiful, cold bottle of Bordeaux sauvignone white you opened up to a meal will be great with a nutty and aged comte, who thereafter took advantage of a substantial slab; it is much more satisfactory, rather than just attempting to match six various types, to select one excellent samples from the same family (or two from the same family, e.g. soft cheese, blue cheese) and its soulmate wine.

Which wine goes with cheddar and other hard cheeses?

The cheese:

  • Cheddar
  • Gruyère
  • Parmesan
  • Manchego
  • Gouda
  • Comte

Hard cheeses are where red wines are made to stand with large tannins and audacious fruits without being so stylish that they overcome their flavor.
The oomph of hard cheeses may also be handled with Sherry and rich White.

Claret (red Bordeaux) and red Rhône red fruity are ideal with Cheddar and Gouda. A rich Italian like ripasso valpolicella or a great, fruity new world number like an Argentine malbec, likes Parmesan.
Manchego works nicely with dry sherry like fino or chamomile or a bit rich like amontillado or oloroso. Gruyère sweet, sweet, nutty cheese tastes excellent with Alsace wine and pinot gris, which are somewhat fragrant and bone-dry.

Which wines go with blue cheeses?

The cheese:

  • Stilton
  • Gorgonzola
  • Roquefort

If you've not tried sweet wine with blue cheese, you've got something to like — the powerful, salty, savory cheese heaviness with sweet wine is a unique combination.
Sherry or Port are also extremely nice but avoid most red wines that have a bolshiness of black cheeses that ruin the scent and nuance.