It isn’t just an opinion that wine and cheese taste great together, it is a science. Wine and cheese bring out different flavours in each other that complement one another, meaning that any night that features a bottle of wine should also feature a wine tasting. This is mostly because of texture. Drinks like wine and green tea balance the mouth when you pair them with fatty foods like cheese or meats.
Of course, there are many other foods you can pair with wine as well. For those interested in becoming a true connoisseur of wine, wine pairing, and everything else to do with wine, you should consider a career in the wine industry. Not sure how to get into the wine business? Not to worry – taking the comprehensive course at Le Cordon Bleu will give you all the knowledge, know-how, and experience you need to get your career started.
For the rest of you, who merely want to seem like they know something about wine pairing to impress their date, or who perhaps just want to try some wine pairing at home, here’s a quick introduction to the art:
- Match the Wine with the Cheese
You don’t want your wine or your cheese to overpower the other. Match the intensity of both to have a harmonious tasting event. For instance, match blue cheese, which is pungent and salty (from the mould in the cheese) with the sweetness of a port. You can get very specific with the best cheeses for wines, however, for a beginner, the best way to remember is to match experiences. If something is exceptionally sweet, something equally flavourful for cheese will pair well. Milder tastes require milder wines.
- Serve at their Correct Temperatures
Temperature plays a crucial role when it comes to serving wine and cheese. Serve cheese as you begin the pairing (you don’t want sweaty cheese) and make sure your wine is served at their ideal temperature. White wine should be chilled at 7°C and red wine at around 15°C. Of course, there is also the argument for decanting. Great red wines only truly open and become their best selves after decanting. Decanting means pouring the red wine into a specifically designed glass container, or decanter, so that the air can “open up” the wine.
To truly have a great wine and cheese pairing, you need to know how to serve the wine! Wine is art for the senses.
- Have a Great Selection
When you are hosting a wine and cheese party, you want variety. If you only want a small variety (either due to cost or because of how many people are attending) you will want to go with wines that pair well with several different kinds of cheese. The best go-to wine that will pair with many different cheeses is a good Pinot Noir or Gamay.
To truly have the best wine and cheese pairing party at home, go out first. Professionals have dedicated their lives to pairing wines and cheeses together, and you can take that dedication home. Go to a wine and cheese event and take note of what you like. After that, recreating the event is as easy as picking up the right ingredients and serving them at their ideal temperatures.