When it comes to wine and wine pairing, it is advised to always follow your taste buds. No matter what the market says and how people react, your senses do not fool you. Cheese is said to be a great additive with wines. Now what kind of wine and what sort of cheese go with them is another subjective matter, but there are some rudimentary specifics that just hit the target really well.
The wine making and cheese making industry have flourished over centuries. They are still made using the same age-old techniques and processes which induce a sense of history with each bite and sip.
In a research done by ChemoSens in France, researchers came to the conclusion that cheese improves the way we perceive fruit aromas and reduces the duration of astringency of red wines, and heightened the taste of white wine.
Cheese, which is typically high in fat, coats the mouth and blocks taste receptors for beverages. A well-paired wine’s acidity and sweetness can cut through this creamy barrier to reveal a fuller flavour on the palate and an excellent mouthfeel.
All said and done, it is always helpful to have a guiding direction to what can be a great combination of your favorite wine and cheese.
Pinot Noir and Gruyere
The ever-present red berry fruit of a Pinot Noir is the perfect match with a nutty cheese with medium firmness, such as Gruyere.
Both have just the right amount of aroma and complexity to them, without running the risk of one overpowering the other. Pinot Noir is a dry and light to medium-bodied red wine that has these characteristics along with ripe red fruit flavors.
Cabernet Sauvignon and aged gouda
Cabernet Sauvignon is well known for its firm tannins and full and rich taste, including such notes as blackcurrant, as well as woodsy flavors, such as cedar, oak, and herbs. Hard and aged cheese like cheddar, but especially aged gouda goes almost perfectly, as its rich, full and almost butterscotch-y taste pairs well with the wine.
Champagne and Muenster or Monterey Jack
The bubbly effervescence of the sparkling wine from France can range from dry to off-dry. Champagnes, especially the older and really expensive ones tend to be the driest out there, with a toasty taste and a light feel to them. Earthy tasting and creamy textured cheeses like Brie go the best with Champagne.
Sauvignon Blanc and Goat Cheese
While they’re earthy and tart, most goat cheeses are a bit of a blank slate, so the citrus and mineral notes found in a French Sauvignon Blanc bring out the wonderful nutty and herbal flavors that can be found in the cheese. The acidity is also a great way to cut through the heaviness of the goat cheese.
Merlot and Garlic and Herb Cheese
The garlic and herb cheese has sharp and tangy flavors. When paired with the Merlot, which is a dry red wine that is medium to full-bodied, the cheese brings out notes of black cherry, plum, and black tea. The garlic and herb cheese flavors are more heavily emphasized because of the Merlot’s dry fruitiness.
Sweet Wine With Blue Cheese
A blue cheese pairing might seem tricky as the flavours are so intense. But stinky blue cheeses or veined Roqueforts pair exceptionally well with sweet wines because the high sugar levels in the wine help to make the cheese taste creamier.
With these tips, you should be able to make cheese and wine pairing less complicated and more enjoyable. You can enjoy numerous combinations and experiment with this guide as a starting reference point. You can have a vape after the wine and cheese to accentuate your palette further. Try out Delta-8 vape carts by BudPop to get a great experience for the taste you get.