The halls are decked and the jingle music is jamming across the nation—it’s holiday party time! If you’re looking to take your holiday party to the next level try offering up wine and cheese pairings for your festival fare.
Wine and Cheese couple so well together and have a lot in common. One commonality is that both great wine and cheese are aged until maturation to achieve their flavor. The formulas for Wine and Cheese require precise tending by an expert artisan. Wine and cheese do well in certain aridity and topographical conditions. Very old cheese and wine making customs endure today, practically the same when they were prepared over a hundred years ago.
There are hundreds of cheeses that can be paired with red and white wines, both domestic and imported. Many local stores will let you sample a particular cheese you are unfamiliar with, or store clerks can give you a recommendation based on your palate.
Pairing Wine with Cheese
Ready to start tasting? Try these best pairings below.
Cheeses- Cabernet Sauvignon Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep complexity of flavors and can clash with the dairy traits of cheese. Pairs well with salami and pairs well with firm-textured cow’s milk cheeses.
Cheeses- Chianti and Sangiovese Wine
Sangiovese is Italy’s best-known grape wine, and is referred to as “Super Tuscan.” Cheese that pairs well with Sangiovese wine includes Aged Asiago, Toscano, and Aged.
Cheeses -Malbec Wine
Malbec wines come from Argentina. Malbec is a full-bodied red wine and pairs well with aged cheese like Manchego Reserve or spiced cheeses.
Cheeses -Merlot Wine
Merlot is well-known for being one of the key components in Bordeaux wine combinations. Pairing Merlot wine with milk cheeses, cow’s milk cheeses, and medium-bodied washed rind cheeses will bring out the dairy tastes for a great combination.
Cheeses- Pinot Noir Wine
The grape is used to make Pinot Noir which is used to make French Burgundy wines. Pinot Noir is food friendly and pairs with medium-sharp cow’s milk cheeses such as Tomme de Savoie or a sheep’s milk cheese like ReNero Pecorino Stagionato.
Cheeses-Syrah and Shiraz Wine
The Syrah grape is famed because it is the main component in French wines and pairs well with French sheep’s milk cheeses and aged cow’s milk cheeses from the French Alps.
Cheeses- Zinfandel Wine
Zinfandel is often known as the “American grape” because it has a long history of being grown in California. A great pairing for Zinfandel is artisan American cheeses or zesty American blue cheeses.
Cheeses- With Port Wine
Port typically a dessert cheese wine pairs well with Blues. It is known for its best pairing with Blue Stilton.
It’s easy to overlook the other elements that comprise an added compliment to your pairings. Some additional items you can add to the cheese and wine combinations include:
Fruits that could be berries, dried fruits and even fruit spread, nuts such as almonds and pistachios are great additions. Breads and crackers go well with cheeses and wines but use crusty bread and crackers that have a flavor such as cracked pepper.
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