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We Make It Happen With Holiday Wine And Cheese Pairings

December 23rd, 2015

Prep up with delicious wine and cheese pairings!This is our last We Make It Happen episode for 2015, wine folks! And you bet we’re going to make your holidays happen in a more enjoyable way with our holiday wine and cheese pairings. Only one more day to go before that big Christmas dinner, so start plating up and let us handle your appetizers. Here are some, shall we say, “clever” tips on how to pair up your wines and cheeses to suit and soothe your guests’ palates this season:

If you’re serving big, bold reds…

Then the best cheeses to go with them would definitely be from the semi-hard variety, like Swiss and Provolone. But farmhouse cheddars such as Dry Monterey Jack, Manchego and gouda would be awesome matches as well. So if you’re planning on popping open some Pinot Noirs, Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignons, semi-hard cheeses on the appetizer tray are a must.

If you’re serving sweet wines…

If you’re going for Port or Sherry or other similar-tasting wines this season, you’d do well to counteract those sweet flavors by serving some salty or strong cheeses with the bottles. Pungent cheeses like Alsatian Munster, French Epoisses or Italian Taleggio will be a welcome break from all that sweetness. But you can also go for blue cheese such as Colston Basset Stilton or something really strong like Roquefort. Blue cheeses are actually like velvet on the tongue, creating the right balance between salty and sweet in your guests’ palate.

If you’re serving unoaked or lightly oaked wines…

So if you’re opting for simple, lighter tasting labels such as pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, riesling and chardonnay or other lightly flavored reds, we recommend you go with lighter cheeses as well. It won’t be a smart idea to serve strong, flavorful cheeses that would overpower your wines and leave them out of the conversation. So selections such as goat cheese, feta, Monterey Jack, Colby, young cheddar and Jarlsberg will definitely create a harmonious balance. Note that if you serve these cheeses with bolder wines, the latter will also literally drown out the cheese flavors which is not exactly the effect you’d want to achieve with your guests.

Now for those of you who are planning to pop open just one variety of wine to go with an assortment of cheeses, we suggest a bottle of Riesling or an unoaked or very lightly oaked Chardonnay, if you’re doing whites. But if you’re going for red wine, then a light- to medium-bodied Pinot Noir will do the trick on the dinner table. Happy Holidays, everyone! ^_^

 

 

 


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