Pairing Cheese and Wine

ftr-cheese-wineGeneral de Gaulle, the former president of France once said that it was impossible to govern a country that produced 250 different cheeses! Today it’s more like 350.

There are about 100 different cheeses in Spain but we are very lucky to have so many that can be a very good accompaniment to wine.

On the other hand, a cheese board can be a complete minefield where wine is concerned but white wines generally fare better than reds. For example, a full-bodied Chardonnay will go better with more types of cheeses than most wines.

These are the pairings:

Stilton & port and Roquefort & sauternes. These are the two of the cheese & wine matches made in heaven.

Blue-veined cheeses will overpower red wines.

Goat cheese: Sauvignon blanc, there’s a real affinity here.
Dolcelatte: Rioja, Navarra or Ribera del Douro.
Cheddar, red Leicester, Gruyère, Parmesan, Zamorano & Manchego: medium to full-bodied dry reds.

Hard cheeses
probably fare better with red wines than any other types of cheeses. A mature Bordeaux or even a mature Rioja.

Oh, yes, I was going to forget that Champagne goes pretty well with everything

(News/Feature: Wines & Cheeses)

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