Wine and Cheese Pairings!

First of all, wine and cheese pairings possibilities are endless, so to simplify I will attempt to provide a general overview.

To start, let’s divide cheese into four major categories:

  • Bloomy – Creamy, decadent cheeses, with a soft rind
  • Hard – Stiff cheeses, which are often sharp and/or salty and can be aged
  • Blue – Pungent, often salty cheeses, with a blue tinge
  • Fresh – Soft, often spreadable cheeses that can be tangy or mild and usually are not aged

Which wines go with each category of cheese?

Bloomy –

  • Camembert                                            Champange
  • Brie                                                         Chardonnay
  • Robiola                                                   Sparkling Wine
  • Taleggio                                                  Pinot Blanc

Hard –

  • Gouda                                                     Merlot
  • Cheddar                                                  Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Parmesan                                                Chianti
  • Double Gloucester                                  Zinfandel
  • Pecorino                                                  Valpolicella
  • Gruyere                                                   Sauvignon Blanc
  • Fontina                                                    Bardolino

Blue –

  • Gorgonzola                                              Port
  • Stilton                                                       Sauternes
  • Blue                                                          Riesling
  • Combozola                                               Eiswein

Fresh –

  • Ricotta                                                      Pinot Grigio
  • Mozzarella                                                Sauvignon Blanc
  • Goat                                                          Chenin Blanc
  • Feta                                                           Beaujolais
  • Burrata                                                       Tocai Friulano

Why not experiment and try different cheeses with different wines and see what you like the best!

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