When it comes to combining wine and cheese, two of the greatest culinary pleasures of life, the possibilities are endless. Before your next tasting, take a moment to learn what types of cheeses go well with the different varieties of wine.
There are four main categories of cheese: soft cheese and cheese with a bloomy rind, the cheese farm, the blue cheese and fresh cheese.
Soft cheese and rind: The cheese is creamy, decadent and has a soft crust. Think Brie and Camembert.
Firm cheese: the hard cheese, such as cheddar, Gouda, and cheese often has a pronounced flavor (and sometimes salty). It can also be aged.
Veined cheese: this colorful cheese, commonly called blue adds a touch of elegance to its color. It has a rather pungent odor and often salty flavor.
Fresh dough cheese: soft cheese that can sometimes be smeared like goat cheese or feta. Its flavor can be sweet or slightly acid.
Factors to consider when wine and cheese agreement
Although there are always exceptions, white wines usually get along better with cheese than red wines. Among the red wines, fruit wines and light wines are those that fit best with the cheese.
- Firm cheeses, such as cheddar, go well with tannic wines (red), while soft cheeses with a bloomy rind, such as brie, better to coordinate with acid wines such as chardonnay. Salty cheese goes well with sweet wine.
- A good rule of thumb is to marry a strong cheese with a simple wine.
- Or, try to coordinate a simple artisan cheese with a robust wine.
- You can even give a wine and cheese from the same region, for example, an Italian cheese like parmesan with a nice Chianti.
If your cheese platter contains a variety of cheeses, wine selection will more easily if you know what category each cheese belongs. There are no rules on consent of wine and cheese, but here are some classics:
Soft cheese and rind
- Brie – Chardonnay
- Camembert – Champagne
- Gouda – Merlot
- Cheddar – Cabernet Sauvignon
- Gruyere – Sauvignon Blanc
- Parmesan – Chianti
- Gorgonzola – Porto
- Stilton – Sauternes
- Blue – Riesling
Cheese fresh pasta
- Feta – Beaujolais
- Goat – Chining blank
Tips on wine and cheese agreement
It is not necessary to follow strict rules. The agreement of wine and cheese is a matter of personal preference. So it is better to try a lot of different combinations. Here are some basics to keep in mind before starting the celebration:
- Wine and cheese should be served at the right temperature to allow their flavor to emerge.
- Serve white wines to 7.2 ° C (45 ° F) and red to 15.5 ° C (60 ° F).
- Remove the cheese from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 60 minutes before serving.
- Add good bread, olives, jams and nuts to your cheeseboard.
There are so many wines and cheeses on the market that the choice can be staggering. Make your wine tasting and fun, casual cheese keeping things simple. And do try a few of the suggestions mentioned above in order not to feel overwhelmed.