Coupled hand in hand for centuries, cheese and wine are one of the most loved food pairings in the world. However with the combinations of cheese and wine ever increasing, it’s become even harder for a party host to finalize their selection. So just for you, we’ve complied a companion guide for our favorite wines and cheeses, removing the aspect of guess work, giving you a cheeky head start, and taking a load off your mind!
Although our recommendations have gone through rigorous taste bud testing, that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with your own cheese and wine favorites. You’re the one who’s going to be eating the leftovers at the end of your party, so it’s best to make sure that you actually like your cheese and wine selection.
There are a few tips to keep in mind however when undertaking some selection experiments. For example, you’ll want to pair wines and cheeses that originate from the same region, like Chianti and parmesan. Furthermore, harder types of cheese should be paired with tannic wines, compared to creamy cheeses (like Brie), are better paired with acidic wines like Chardonnay. Salty cheeses need sweet companions, and so on.
Wine – Cabernet Sauvignon; Cheeses to Consider – Cheddar, Colby, Camembert,Danish Blue, Gouda, Blue cheese, Roquefort and Gorgonzola.
Wine – Beaujolais; Cheeses to Consider – Goat cheese, Brie and Camembert.
Wine – Cabernet Franc; Cheeses to Consider – Camembert, Fontina, Cheddar, Port Salut, Gorgonzola and Swiss cheese.
Wine – Dessert Wine; Cheeses to Consider – Marscopone, Crème Fraiche or Blue Cheese
Wine – Merlot; Cheeses to Consider – Cheddar, Gouda, Gruyere, Parmesan and Brie.
Wine – Zinfandel; Cheeses to Consider – Blue, Feta, Asiago and Muenster.
Wine – Rioja; Cheeses to Consider – Havarti, Cheddar and Asiago.
Wine – Pinot Blanc; Cheeses to Consider – Feta and Brie.
Wine – Port; Cheeses to Consider – Gorgonzola and Blue Cheese.
Preparing for a Party
We may have given you some of the best kept wine and cheese combinations, but that doesn’t mean your job stops there. In fact, there’s no better way to trial your pairings than to throw a wine and cheese party! This is your chance to get creative, as well as breaking out your best cheese knives and crystal wine glasses.
In order to provide the best experience for your guests, you’re going to visit the best wine suppliers, and also keep numbers to a minimum. Not only are good cheese and wine expensive, but the last thing you’ll want to be left with is a mountain of washing up! Furthermore, your guests will want to discuss your combinations with each other, and you’re going to find it hard to keep up with their recommendations if there are too many people about!
Finally, make sure you listen to your guests, and take in what they’re saying about your wine and cheese pairings. For many of you, this will be your first wine and cheese party, so don’t be disheartened if you get some negative feedback. The best thing you can do is accept the improvements that are suggested to you, and make sure you act on them when organzsing your next party!
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This post has been written by Zoe in collaboration with Vivas Wine, supplying quality wines throughout the UK.