Don’t Wine About Pairing With Cheese!
Believe it or not, some people are a little bit intimidated by the quest for perfect pairings. Especially wine and cheese pairings.
Are you one of them? We’re not picking on you. We realize that in some circles there’s a fair amount of… well… wine snobbery, to put it bluntly. Attend the wrong event and you could end up feeling like a monkey who’s found his way into a formal banquet. Excited, but out of place and looked down on.
There’s no need for it. Do you like wine? Do you like cheese? If you answered yes, you can do this!
Food and dining reporter Joseph Hernandez offers advice via Refinery29.
If you’re trying to make a perfect match, Hernandez says that you should “start with the cheese and go from there.” You need to consider its texture — is it an aged, hard cheese? Or are you in love with a creamy, rich cheese? That helps to inform your choice of wine.
Once you know your cheese, think about how best to complement the flavor. Try bolder wines with bolder cheeses, like aged cheddar with cabernet sauvignon. If you prefer mozzarella, you’ll want a light but perfumy blush. Remember what the NY Daily News wrote.
“Wine is supposed to be the gravy, the sauce. It washes over the food in your mouth and makes the experience spectacular.”
While there are some pairings which work well for most everyone, it’s still an individual taste experience. Experiment! If you’re not sure where to start, try geography!
“‘If it grows together, it goes together,’ which is a general way of saying, if they’re from the same place, they pair well,” says Hernandez. A prime example, Parmigiano-Reggiano from Emilia-Romagna in Italy, and sparkling Lambrusco from the same region.
So go. Put your favorite cheese with a couple bottles of wine. Or put your favorite wine with a couple kinds of cheese. Or both! Get a few friends, a few bottles, and a few cheeses! That’s all a “Cheese and Wine Pairing Event!” really is, so don’t be intimated! Just eat your cheese and drink your wine and enjoy yourself.
And let us know which pairings turn out to be your favorite. You won’t be “wrong”. There are no wrong answers. But we might want to try for ourselves!