Wine & Cheese Moments

201711-WINEThough pairing wine and cheese is a centuries-old tradition it can still be a challenging and difficult task. The best thing to do is to follow some simple principles to achieve an exquisite experience. Generally hard cheeses are better with reds, soft cheeses with whites and blue cheeses with sweet wines. With this concept in mind you should be able to make cheese and wine pairing less complicated and more enjoyable.

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Suggested Pairings for Spanish Wine Styles

Light bodied whites like Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, Light Godello should ideally be paired with goats’ cheese and fresh cheeses.

Medium-bodied whites and dessert wines like Rioja and Priorat Whites and Navarra´s Chardonnay pair well with goats’ cheese, alpine cheeses and aged Goudas.

Medium reds like Ronda´s Pinot Noir, Rioja, Syrah, Grenache, and Tempranillo should be paired with Cheddar, younger Goudas and washed rind cheeses.

Bold Tannic Reds like Jumilla´s Cabernet Sauvignon Blends, aged Tempranillo vines from Rioja and Ribera and Consistent Castille y Leon Syrah pair fabulously with full-flavored mixed milk cheeses, hard Cheeses and sheep milk cheese.

Sweet and Off-Dry Whites and Reds like Malaga´s Muscat, Sweet Monastrell from the South, Cream Sherry, Fondillon and PX from Montilla go well with blue cheese.

Some Ideal Cheese & Wine Matches

Camemberg & Champagne

San Simon & Albariño

Brie & Chardonnay

Crabs & Godello

Oysters & Chablis

Chevre & Pinot Gris

Apenzeller & Viognier

Gruyere & Sauvignon Blanc

Pont L’Eveque & Riesling

Feta & Beaujolais

Manchego & Rioja

Parmesan & Brunello

Truffle Pecorino & Barolo

Cheddar & Bordeaux

Roquefort & Sauternes

Stilton & Port

Finally, if you are going to attempt multiple pairings at a dinner or event, order the tastes from lightest and lowest alcohol content, to heaviest and highest alcohol content. In other words, begin with the lightest, from left to right on a cheese board and work your way to the heaviest and most complex.

And remember -  you can find a great selection of all Spanish and International cheese at D-Wine. Let us do the pairing for you, just come along for an unique experience.

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