Wine and Cheese: How Make the Perfect Combination
Wine and cheese parties, which were popular in the 70s, are gaining back
their popularity in recent times. The ability of the two to bring out
each other’s best is simply indescribable. Another good thing about
cheese and wine parties is that they're appropriate for any season or any
Unfortunately many people get confused with the wide array of cheese and
wines available. Many are confused about which kind of cheese to serve
with which type of wine. Luckily, wine and cheese matching is simple, and
in no time, you can host a very enjoyable wine and cheese party.
When it comes to cheese and wine parties, the first rule is simple and
direct to the point: never used those cheap boxed wines. Wines that come
in boxes are definitely convenient to open, but that’s about it. In order
to bring out good combinations of flavors in cheese, or any food for that
matter, you should pair it with the real deal.
The basic rule about pairing food with wine is that you shouldn't
overpower the other. This is especially true with cheese. The flavors of
cheese shouldn't dominate the taste of wine and vise versa. The pleasures
of each bite of food should replace the delights of each sip of wine and
conversely the bliss of every sip of wine should replace the delights of
every bite of food. Simply put, strong cheeses should pair well with
strong wines, while mild cheeses would go well with mild wines.
Acidic wines go perfectly well with pungent cheeses. Brie goes well with
sparkling wine or Chardonnay while goat cheese matches well with
Sweetish wines go perfectly with soft cheeses. A slice of Camembert goes
well with Chenin Blanc or Vouvray.
Full bodied red wines pair perfectly with hard cheeses. Red Bordeaux,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Red Zinfandel, could do wonders with a
sliver of Parmegiano Regiano or Romana cheese.
Even the humble common cheese like cheddar could be paired well with
sweet wines such as Port, Vermouth, and Sherry. Aged cheddar, with its
sharpness, could go well with a glass of Shiraz Cabernet, which is
When it comes to cheese and wine pairing, the best guide is one’s taste.
If it seems good, then it must be a good much. Of course it takes time to
discover the good matches, so one should not despair with a few errors in
In a matter of time, you can be an expert cheese and wine matchmaker.