There’s nothing quite like sitting outside on a nice summer night with a group of close friends, enjoying lively conversation, great music, and gourmet cheese.
A wine and cheese pairing is a classic party staple and has the ability to lift an evening with friends from good to great.
Always remember that the wine and cheese pairing is there to complement the evening and conversation, not to lead it, so don’t get too caught up in table settings, invitations, or other party pitfalls. Keep it simple and your stress level low.
Plan to serve each guest around an ounce of each cheese. 1 lbs of each cheese should be sufficient.
Wine and cheese can be paired up beautifully to bring out the best characteristics and tasting notes in each other.
Some basic guidelines:
- White wines pair well with soft cheeses and strong flavors.
- Red wines pair well with harder cheeses and milder flavors.
- A very bold cheese, like the 5 year cheddar, needs a big wine to stand up to it.
Picking the Wines
It is perfectly acceptable to ask your friends to bring a bottle of wine, the best ones for pairing with cheese are:
- Fruity white wine such as Riesling
- Crisp white such as Pinot Grigio
- Light red such as Pinot Noir
- Strong red such as Cabernet & Merlot
Picking the Cheese
Serve several aged cheeses, as these are typically the hardest to find and will offer your guests a truly gourmet tasting.
- 5 Year cheddar is a crowd favorite because it pairs extremely well with ANY red wine.
- A creamy blue cheese such as the Blue Affinee.
- An earthy cheese such as Abergele Mushroom & Chive or Gruyere
- A cheese that is hard in texture and dryer in flavor, such as a parmesan & cheddar blend or Asiago
Riesling + Parmesan Cheddar blend
Pinot Grigio + Gruyere
Pinot Noir + Blue Affinee
Cabernert Sauv. + Aged Cheddar
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a great evening with the perfectly simple wine and cheese pairing.