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Our Top Tips for Pairing Wine and Cheese

Cheese and wine is a way of life!

Foodies and Wine Lovers everywhere agree, cheese and wine are made for each other. Here are our top tips for harmoniously pairing wine and cheese.

Our Top Tips for Pairing Wine and Cheese

Pairing cheese and wine is an ancient culinary tradition. And every wine enthusiast should have a basic understanding of how to pair their favorite wines with cheeses. Knowing which wines pair well with cheese comes down to a few things like temperature, flavor, and body of both the wine and the cheese.

Here are some of the best ways to pair wine and cheese together for every wine and cheese lover.

Know the best temperature to serve your wine and cheese

Much like with wine, the flavors and smells of cheese can change based on the temperature they are served. Many taste better when served close to or at room temp, so it’s a good idea to let cheese rest out of the fridge before serving.

Sparkling wines, whites, and Rosés are best when served cold, between 45 and 55 degrees. Reds, on the other hand, are better when served close to, but not exactly at, room temperature at about 62 to 68 degrees.

Best temperature for this cheese: White Cheddar – Room temperature

Best temperature for this wine: Cabernet Franc – Chilled 15 minutes, served at 60°F

 

Soft Cheeses Call for lighter-styled wines

Need a wine to enjoy with some nice brie? Lighter-styled wines, whites and light-bodied reds, make great flavor partners to softer cheeses. These creamy, more delicate cheeses like brie and ricotta can be easily over powered by fuller-bodied wines, so you might want to stay away from your Cabs and pick up a Pinot Noir instead.

Try this pairing: Moscato – Brie

Try this pairing: Chardonnay – Havarti

 

Serve Semi-Soft Cheese with dessert wines

The fruity and hearty flavors of dessert wines pair excellently with the mild flavors of semi-soft cheeses. These cheeses are often served warm, over food, which makes the temperature of your wine an important consideration, as many dessert wines are served chilled between 45 and 55 degrees.

Try this pairing: Riesling – Gouda

Try this pairing: Zinfandel – Gorgonzola

 

It’s all about the bod with firm cheeses

That’s a great way to remember that when dealing with firm cheese it’s best to stick with sweet and full-bodied wines. Firm cheeses often have sharper tastes with nutty flavors that pair well with the sweet wines. Many extra firm cheeses have sharp and salty testes, which is best enjoyed with a medium-bodied wine.

Try this pairing: Sweet White – Swiss

Try this pairing: Merlot – Jarlsberg

 

 

Bill, wine blogger at Brio Smart Life
 

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Delicious Things You Can Make with Wine for Wine Day!

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

You can make so many delicious things with wine

You can enjoy wine in so many more ways than in just a glass. Try one of these recipes that uses wine as its main component.

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

 

Vino lovers of the world rejoyce, it’s National Wine Day! The day dedicated to one of the world’s most consumed beverages. We have been drinking this elixir of the gods for millennia, and its consumption is very much engrained in cultures around the globe.

No wonder there are so many delicious things you can do with wine! Here are just some of our top favorite things you make using wine.

 

You can….

 

Pair it with cheese

Our Top Tips for Pairing Wine and Cheese
Image and Pairings from // Brio Smart Life

 

Make it into Ice Cream

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Image and Recipe from // Cooking with Janica

 

Make White Wine pasta sauce out of it

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Julie Blanner

 

Or better yet, use it to make Red Wine Pasta

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // eatwell 101

 

Make Smoothies out of it

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Cooking with Curls

 

Infuse it into Salt

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Well Preserved

 

Use it in Fondue

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Image and Recipe from // Flavorite

 

Top Cheesecakes with it (Wine Gelées)

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Image and Recipe from // Food and Wine

 

Make homemade Red Wine Vinegar

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image from // Hirsheimer Hamilton // Recipe from // Phickle

 

Make Sangira or Wine Cocktails

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Image and Recipes from // Canada Night Life

 

Or in the end we can just drink it straight

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

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Happy National Wine Day, everyone!

 

Bill, wine blogger at Brio Smart Life
 

About the Author

Bill – The Wine Guy

Marketing Guy | Wine Connoisseur | Booze Food Guru | Hawaiian Shirt Lover