Easy Wine and Cheese Pairings

Easy Wine and Cheese Pairings

Easy Wine And Cheese Pairings

There’s only one thing I like as much as wine. Can you guess what it is? Cheese. Oh, glorious, gooey, sharp, salty, cheese. How I love thee. So, you’ll understand my excitement over the annual International Wine + Cheese Day which takes place tomorrow, Saturday 25th July. Get your copper glasses and stretchy pants ready because do I have a treat for you. Below, you’ll find the ultimate list of wine and cheese pairings. Follow my expert [well seasoned, perhaps?] advice and you’ll impress everyone with your palate. You’ll probably be drunk too but who am I to judge? I may or may not be drunk right now.

Oh and don’t forget, sharing is caring. Now that ISO’s over (unless you’re in VIC), get the girls ‘round and show off your new wine + cheese pairing skills.

Pinot Noir + Gruyere

pinot noir and gruyere pairing

There’s nothing quite like a light red in winter accompanied by a delicate firm cheese is there? The earthy, spicy undertones of pinot pairs perfectly with the nutty flavour found in Gruyere cheese. If you’d prefer a softer cheese, you really can’t go past a good brie or camembert.

Add some cured meats, dried fruit, plain crackers and you’ve got yourself a fancy evening.

Shiraz + Smoked Gouda

Australian Shiraz is known for it’s smoked, peppery/spicy flavour profile. It’s both an elegant and bold drop. It also happens to be my favourite. This gorgeous wine lends itself well to cheeses of the same elk. Think smoked gouda, sharp cheddar or even a peppered cheese of your choice.

Add some crusty bread, a fig if you’re feeling posh, and enjoy the taste sensation.

shiraz and smoked gouda pairing

Rosé and Havarti

You either love or loathe Rosé. I for one, don’t care for it much but I know a whole army of you do so I’ve included it here. Typically, the flavour notes of Rosé largely depend on the red wine used as a base. Shiraz will produce a bolder drop while pinot will have a smoother finish. The mellow flavour of Havarti will complement each type of Rosé to perfection. Also, try it with mozzarella or ricotta for a delicate pairing.

rosé and havarti pairing

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Sauvignon Blanc + Goat Cheese

sauvignon blanc and goat cheese pairingFloral, sweet and fruity, sauvignon blanc is the perfect wine to sip during long day drinking sessions or evenings when you’re feeling chatty alike. The undertones can range from zesty lime to ripe peach and for that reason, a  smooth creamy cheese is it’s best friend.

The sweet and salty characteristics of goat cheese bring out the sweetness of the wine while packing   punch with its contrasting taste.

If you’re feeling adventurous, mix it up with a strong blue cheese.

Sweet Reisling + Parmigiano Reggiano

Ah, the desert element of the evening. I prefer to supplement chocolate with, you guessed it, more wine. So, Sweet Reisling, it is.

sweet reisling and parmigiano reggiano pairing

The rich, sweet flavours of this wine lend itself expertly to salty cheeses. I do enjoy a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano myself but you could also pair it with Feta, Aged Gouda or even a nice Blue Cheese.

If you want to up the sweet undertones, add some dried apricot and dark chocolate to the platter.

Which pairing will you be responsibly consuming [chugging back!] tomorrow? I think I’ll make my way through the list and report back for quality control. I’m thorough like that.

Wish me luck!
Expert in Drinking Wine and Eating Cheese

P.S. Don’t forget your glasses. It’s always classy to drink from a vessel rather than the bottle.

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