Every Major Star needs a supporting cast of character. Pairing your favorite cheeses with Wine and other foods can provide endless combination of complementary, contrasting and new flavors. Don't forget be afraid to experiments, be creative.
There’s a lot of cheese in the world - hundreds of different kinds, made from the milk of everything from Goats to Buffaloes to Yaks. Every one of them taste better with Wine, it's a magical combo.
Here are a few thoughts from Liquor Online, about wine and cheese pairing. Of course, these are suggestions - there are no rules, other than to eat food you like and drink wine you like with it.
1. When pairing cheese to wine, do not forget to consider the acidity and fat content of the cheese. Just as with any food pairing, think of either complementary or contrasting flavors.
2. We like to pair our Creamy, tangy fresh cheeses such as Chevre, Burrata, Feta, Coupole, and Humboldt Fog with wines that are crisp, fruity, grassy and light in color.
3. We find that our Brie from France and our Robiola from Italy pair nicely with rich white wines or fruity red wines. Specifically we like Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Grenache, Pinot Noir and Beaujolais.
4. If you like hard cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy and Aged Gouda from Holland, try them with medium to full bodied reds. We like Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
5. When we think of Cheddars and Alpine Cheeses from semi hard cheese category, we recommend that you pair them with full bodied and aromatic whites or medium bodied reds.
6. Lighter wines tend to go better with lighter foods and heavier wines with heavier foods, lighter cheeses are better with lighter wines - fresh goat cheese with a crisp Sancerre, for instance. Richer cheeses, like Camembert or Tête de Moine, need a more full-bodied wine, such as white Burgundy or a Pinot Gris from Alsace.
7. Blue cheeses such as Roquefort from France, Stilton from England, and Gorgonzola from Italy can have a pungent taste that pairs well with dessert wines.
8. Hard cheeses look to pair with bold & red wines.
9. White Wine & Cheese pairing - Most people think of pairing cheese with red wine, but white wines tend to go better with cheese.
10. Classic pairings we love are Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheeses or Cabernet Sauvignon with Parmigiano Reggiano.
Preparing a Wine and Cheese Party
What better way to taste a variety of pairings then to throw a wine and cheese party? Purchase a few different cheeses from a cheese shop or gourmet store. Discuss your plans with the cheese-monger and ask for recommendations! A great wine and cheese party offers pairing selections with varied flavor profiles. You can get creative with cheese place cards or purchase a nifty slate cheese tray, which allow you to etch cheese names in chalk.
Lastly, make sure that you serve the wine and cheese at their proper temperatures, so they can give you the maximum flavors. Serve white wine at 45°F, red wine at 60°F and don't forget remove the cheese from the refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes prior to serving. Too cold cheese can ruin the Wine and Cheese pairing.
FYI - Internationally there are lots of special days are dedicated to Cheese. National Cheese Day, June 4. This is one of those tricky holidays. One wouldn’t want to confuse it with, say, National Cheese Lovers’ Day (January 20), National Cheese Doodle Day (March 5), National Cheese Ball Day (April 17), National Cheese Pizza Day (September 5).