The Art of Cheese and Wine Matching!
With the restrictions easing slightly, no doubt that our Cheese and Wine Nights will be starting back soon!
But in the meantime it’s fun exploring cheese and wine matches, especially if you stumble upon that match made in heaven where the cheese and wine compliment each other perfectly, revealing different flavours and taste-bud-tingling harmony with every new mouthful.
While it’s not an exact science, here’s some tips to get you on your merry cheese and wine matching way:
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Flavour-wise, some cheeses and wines have a lot in common which can create a happy match. If you have a goat’s cheese with a fresh, light, acidic flavour like Holy Goat La Luna Ring it will work a charm with Moorilla Muse Sauvignon Blanc – which also has a crisp, slightly acidic finish.
On the other hand, some cheeses work best with their complete wine opposite, case in point: the strong, salty flavours of Roquefort paired with the cloyingly sweet, honey-like notes in a Muscat, such as Domiane de Coyuex
Or pair a decadent triple cream like Mini Delice with Black Truffle with Champagne or Blanc de Blanc– the lightness of the bubbles helps cut through the incredible richness of the cheese and highlight the underlying creaminess.
The old adage ‘what grows together, goes together’ is a simple rule of thumb that can be applied to cheese and wine pairing. Generally, cheeses and wines from the same region will partner well – some classic examples include this Castelmagno and Barbera from Piedmont in Italy.
Above all else, this is probably the most important consideration. You don’t want your wine to overwhelm your cheese, and vice versa. Regardless of whether you are looking for complimentary flavours, or contrasting, always try to match the ‘level’ of the flavour in your cheese to that of your wine. The stronger the cheese, the fuller-bodied the wine should be, for example:
- Lighter bodied match: Berry’s Creek Brie and Chardonnay
- Medium bodied match: French Comté and Pinot Noir
- Full bodied match: Matured English Cheddar and Cabernet Sauvignon