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Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wines and Cheeses

by Wendy VanHatten

Wine and cheese are made for each other. Right? Then, why do some wines taste better with certain cheeses?

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Think about common things between the wine and the cheese. High acidity or a creamy texture are a couple of things that come to mind when pairing a crisp, non-grassy sauvignon blanc with the tang of goat cheese.

Try an earthy pinot noir with a like earthy brie cheese.

Switch gears and think about opposites. This works when pairing that same earthy brie with a high acid wine like an Italian Prosecco. Totally different taste.  If looking for a dessert idea, pair a Port or a Sauterne with a strong cheese like Gorgonzola or Stilton.

Another idea is to pair wine and cheese from similar regions. Pecorino with Chianti Classico or Manchego with a Spanish Rioja…both outstanding matches.

Remember…cheese tastes best at room temperature. Take your cheese out of the refrigerator about an hour before your guests start sampling.

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