Pair EquallyIf you have an intense cheese, you’ll want to pair it with an equally intense wine - don’t worry, they can handle it. Of course, the same applies if you have a delicate cheese. The flavors would be masked if you pair a bold wine with a delicate cheese. This is a key theory when learning how to pair your own wine and cheese varieties. As a general rule, if it is a wine over 14.5% ABV, it’s considered an intense wine and pairs best with an intense cheese. While wines under 12% ABV are considered less intense and they work wonderfully with a delicate cheese.
Spring Red & Gruyére, Comté, and Nutty Cow Cheeses
Syrah & Cheddar, Gouda, and Aged Cow Cheese
Think Bold and AgedBold wines and aged cheese tend to pair wonderfully together. The reason is that as cheese is aged, it looses its water content and the fat content increases. More fat means it will pair with an even bolder red wine. The high-fat pairs well with the high tannins. Here are a few wine suggestions to pair with your aged cheese.
Norton & Parmigiano - Reggiano, Asiago, and Provolone
Syrah & Grana Padano, Pecorino, and Asiago
Funky & SweetDo you like cheese with a funky flavor? Pair them with a sweet wine! Why? The sweetness of the wine will help balance the potency in the cheese and make it taste creamier. The “funk” of the cheese will also help balance the sweet taste of the wine. Here are some suggestions for funk cheese and sweet wine pairings!
Chardonel & Taleggio, Soft Washed-Rind Cheese
Vignole or Norton Port & Stilton, Blue-Vein Cheese, and Soft Bloomy Rind Cheese
When in Doubt …If you aren’t sure what to get, you can’t go wrong with a firm, nutty cheese. The fat content with counterbalance the tannin in red wine, but enough delicacy to pair with white wines.
Norton & Abbaye de Belloc, Edam, Tomme, Gouda
Syrah & Gouda, Edam, Soft Ripened Cheese
Wine & Cheese PairingsWhen in doubt, have fun with it! Buy a few kinds of cheese that look good, choose a few wines that you either love or haven’t tried at Seven Springs Winery - and see what goes well with each other! In the end, your taste buds get to decide what goes together, and we look forward to hearing your pairing choices. Happy Wine & Cheese day! We hope you celebrate and enjoy it thoroughly with the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks.
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Linn Creek, MO 65052