Wine and cheese they just go so well together! However, some wines go better with certain styles of cheese, and there’s a lot more white, rosé and orange wines that make that delicious pairing taste even better than you might think! Then there’s Sake and one or two spirits that also can create that perfect pairing!
And with National Wine & Cheese Day almost upon us, we thought that it might be an idea to shout out one or two suggestions for you in order to get those taste buds of yours on high alert! And what’s even better, any of you who don’t eat dairy for whatever reason are also now very well catered for with non-dairy alternatives – it would be great to hear your views on which of these work fabulously for you and with what wine!
Anyway, without further ado, here are some of our suggestions. A more fuller list can be found by simply clicking on the button below or by taking a stroll amongst our fine wines at our Online Shop.
Fizz is a brilliant all rounder when it comes to food in general, but here are one or two of our favourites:
Ancre Hill Pet Nat Pink NV, Monmouthshire Wales – try this with a light cheddar – so moreish…
Cantini Bassoli Lambrusco IGP ‘Royal’ NV Italy – works well with a decent cold meat and cheese platter – give it a go!
Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut Champagne – sip and nibble on a few cheese straws or cheese strings and you’ll be in heaven!
Nyetimber Rosé NV, Sussex England – Get munching on salmon and soft cheese canapés
Now, a good old faithful chardie will go with most cheese on a board – whether its a glugger or something more worth sipping and taking your time on chardie – just fill up your glass and go for it!
And here are a few examples just for you:
– think Caerphilly, Cheddar, Cheshire, Wensleydale etc…
And for cheeses such as goat and sheep cheese then a Savi Blanc is what you need or why not try a crisp Bacchus from our very own fair isle!
Cheese such as Brie we would recommend a crisp Riesling or a rather indulgent fizz:
Orange Wine is also a bit of an all-rounder when it comes to cheese, especially cheese with a bit of colour or tang e.g. Yarg, Gloucester, Lancashire, Leicestershire etc
And also: semi-hard – sheep cheese, so good with Manchego and similar hard sheep cheese, but also with grilled halloumi and a salty sheep cheese like feta!
So, why not try:
We love nothing more than pairing rosé with a soft cheese spread or a really soft and sqidgy cheese such as buffalo mozzarella balls, Camembert, etc
Hard Cheeses such as Parmesan and Pecorino love big bold red wines – wines from Northern and Central Italy work well: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Corvina all do the right thing when it comes to harder cheese. Also, think about Cabernet Sauvignon.
Softer cheese such as Brie are fab with lighter reds such as Pinot Noir.
A good starting point is to pair a Junmai sake with a mild cheese like cheddar or mozzarella. Creamy cheeses like brie or gouda also pair well with sake. Blue cheese pair well with daiginjo sake.
There’s a whole range of cheese that the wines from this category will snuggle up nicely to. However, one category that we would wish to highlight is blue cheese – man, do these work well!
It would be rude to not give mention to:
And don’t forget that quite a number of spirits also go very well with cheese.
Gin loves things like goat and sheep cheese, cheddar or even blue cheese really likes to get cosy with vodka and gouda, stilton all love rum.
For the whisky fan out there it will depend on whether it has peat or not – these require a cheese with a bit more character such as aged Pecorino or Manchego. A 10 Year Old is a classic malt with smooth aromas that grow on the palate. This whisky is the perfect match for a mellow cheddar or a sheep’s cheese with a bit of age for instance.
Wow, this really is a taste of heaven folks!
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