In this world, the best things come in pairs. Be it fish and chips, strawberries and cream, avocado and toast, Beyonce and Jay Z and yes, cheese and wine! Served to dignitaries and pub patrons alike, for a lot of people, cheese and wine bring people together through the simple act of sharing food and drink.
With National Cheese and Wine Day around the corner on July 25th, why not use this as a perfect opportunity to take a look at your wine offering, with some of our favourite cheese and wine pairings.
Moscato d’Asti and Gorgonzola
Why it works: Funkier cheeses call for a sweeter wine, but the lightness of Moscato and other sweet whites can be a terrific change if you’ve only ever matched pungent cheese with heavy, fortified wines. The fresh, acidic fruit of a Moscato d’Asti cleans your mouth of heavier cheeses like Gorgonzola, leaving you nice and refreshed.
46123002 MOSCATO D'ASTI CONTI BUNEIS 75CL
Sauvignon Blanc and Goat Cheese
Why it works: 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 flavours that can be found in the cheese. The acidity is also a great way to cut through the heaviness of the goat cheese.
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Chianti Classico and Pecorino
Why it works: A great example of a “grows together, goes together” pairing, the hard, aged texture of a Pecorino pairs wonderfully with the ripe tannins of a Chianti Classico. The savoury secondary notes in a Chianti bring out a hidden herbal flavour in the cheese, with the wine’s black fruit holding up perfectly against the boldness of the Pecorino.
46123004 CHIANTI CLASSICO SANT'ILARIO 75CL
Champagne and Brie
Why it works: The softer texture of triple-cream cheeses like Brie demands something sharp and acidic to cut through the fat. The high acid and pleasantly stinging bubbles of Champagne combine with Brie’s thick creaminess in a contrast that is very satisfying. Plus, that brioche flavour you get in traditional method sparklers adds a tasty bit of toastiness.
49740000 CHARLES VERCY CUVEE BRUT NV 75CL