We love cheese and we love wine, so why not top pair the two? Apart from that cheese and wine is one of the oldest forms of food matching. As the matter of fact, wine used to be more sanitary than water, thus pairings occurred naturally as a part of a meal.
As the history unfolded, there were many wonderful paintings discovered that became known as ‘rules’. However, don’t let the cheese and wine pairing rules daunt you.
Ultimately, you’re the boss, so explore what feels tasty for you. Everyone’s taste buds are different so you won’t discover a pairing that you like unless you try. Guides for pairings are a great way to start if you’d like some ideas. But as they say, every rule can have an exception.
Why pairing cheese and wine? Because it will surprise you. It will enhance the flavours of both- cheese and wine. Finally it can even completely transform the taste of the cheese when paired with wine.
We pair our personal favourites every couple of month for you to try. Swing by our Deli and try cheese and wine flights as our dine in option. It includes four wonderful cheese and wine pairings. Choose from red or white wine and enjoy the experience.
Historically, local food was paired simply with the local wines. It’s as simple as that.
This a fantastic and very easy principle to follow when exploring pairings of cheese and wine. It’s also a great guide when travelling to wine and cheese making regions, as naturally you’d be curious trying local produce in the places you’re visiting.
Now let’s have a brief overview of the pairing ‘rules’. It’s a great place to start, bout by no means not the rules you have to follow. So have fun exploring the flavours.
Hard cheeses like Manchego, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Cheddar go particularly well with medium bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or a Rioja. Interestingly, fun combination to try here is Cheddar with Chardonnay.
Soft and semi-soft white rinded cheeses like Brie and Camembert go particularly well with fruity reds like a Pinot Noir. Rose is a fun pairing to try here too.
Blue cheeses like Stilton and Gorgonzolla are great with sweet wines such a port and sweet sherry.
Goats cheeses are perfect with crisp dry rose or fresh fruity reds. Sauvignon Blanc is a classic pairing in here.
Washed rind cheeses are usually quite pungent and mature, so pairing with crisp dry whites works its magic here.
Happy wine and cheese pairing. Enjoy!