Cheese is such an ingredient that makes every dish taste tastier, Whether it’s a pizza, sandwich, or fondue, cheese makes or breaks every dish. There are thousands of cheese types that exist which differ based on their taste, style, flavor, etc. When it comes to serving wine, cheese has often been a reliable companion due to its deliciousness which only enhances the wine’s taste. But not all types of cheese can be paired with any kind of wine, and knowing which one to choose for your platter is extremely crucial. So before jumping to wine and Cheese pairing, let’s learn about cheese.
Fresh cheese is the rindless, soft cheese that melts in your mouth. This cheese is often mildly tangy and includes varieties of farmers cheese. Ricotta, Mascarpone, Burrata, Feta, Goats Cheese and the famous Mozzarella are all included in this type.
Bloomy cheese is the richest and creamiest cheese that you will find in supermarkets. This cheese is extremely soft and includes varieties such as Brie Cheese, Camembert and Robiola.
Washed Rind Cheese
This rich, creamy cheese comes in both soft and semi soft varieties and includes cheese types such as Fontina, Epoisses, Reblochon and Taleggio.
Semi Soft Cheese
As the name suggests, Semi Soft Cheese is not entirely creamy but in fact breaks into shards. The cheese type is famous for its Gouda Cheese (when it’s young). Other varieties include Edam and Gruyere.
Hard Cheese is often aged to perfection and crumbles when broken. The cheese has a nutty texture and is a savoury and salty delight and pungent to smell. It is also the easiest to pair when it comes to wine. Varieties include Cheddar, Parmesan, Comte and Pecorino.
A liquid masterpiece, wine is a versatile drink that has so many varieties that if one was to try all, they would definitely find some that they love. However, knowing the different kinds of wine and why they are different is a stressful task that could make you give up even before you start. Although, to pair wine with cheese all you need is some basic knowledge that will surely make you the sommelier in your group.
Now that we are clear with the various kinds of cheese and wine, it is time to select the kinds of cheese for your platter and the wine to go with it. Some general thumb rules to remember when pairing cheese with wine are:
Some Classic pairings include:
1.) Fresh Cheese
Soave, Pinot Blanc, Muscadet, Vermentino, Dry Rose, Gamay or Verdejo.
Mozzarella and Greco di Tufo or Pinot Grigio
Goats Cheese (Chevre) or Feta and Sauvignon Blanc de Touraine or Chenin Blanc
2.) Bloomy Cheese
Dry, light bodied red wines, sparkling wines or Gruner Veltliner
Brie, Camembert and Pinot Noir
Crottin de Chavignol and Sancerre
Chaource and Chardonnay or Champagne (and other Sparkling Wines)
3.) Semi Soft Cheese
Condrieu or Corbieres
Gruyere and Vin Jaune de Savoie
Edam and Shiraz
4.) Blue Cheese
Roquefort and Sauternes
Gorgonzola Piccante and Vin Santo or Moscato
Stilton and Port
5.) Hard Cheese
Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux and Merlot (especially with Cheddar)
Manchego and Sherry, Garnacha or Rioja
Pecorino Toscano or Parmesan and Chianti
6.) Cheddar and Chardonnay
Comte and Riesling
7.) Washed Rind Cheese
Vin Santo and Tawny Port
Munster and off-dry Gewürztraminer
Reblochon and Chignin Blanc
Epoisses and Chambertin
8.) Fondue Cheese
Swiss Fondue and Fendant