Food & Drink

April 13, 2015

Wine and Cheese Pairing 101: What Cheese Pairs with Zinfandel?

The classic pairing of wine and cheese can be as simple or as sophisticated as you make it out to be. Just as I stated in my article, “Food and Wine Pairings, what wine goes with what food” the matching of food and wine is to harmonize and enhance the flavors of both the food and wine, it is the exact same premise with wine and cheese. As with any pairing the first rule of thumb is to eat and drink what you like, no matter what the said “rules” are; and again, there are no “rules”, just guidelines, and suggestions to enhance your pairing experience.

Wine and Cheese pairing is a match made in heaven, you’ve got flavors and textures that run as wild as can be, and on the flip side, you’ve got those same flavors and textures that run mellow and tame. I’ve created a series of wine & cheese pairing breakout articles (from the original) where I’ve focused on one wine matched with various cheeses. Some of the wines and cheeses will be familiar to you, and others break you out of what is common and proverbial. The suggestions are just that, suggestions, the pairings will work for some and not others. The parings will get you thinking; they will open doors and take you on a journey you otherwise may not have embarked on.

A 5-Tapas Cocktail Party, photo credit: Foodalogue.com

Zinfandel  is a black wine grape that produces a robust red wine; also known as Primitivo grown in Puglia, Italy. Zinfandel is famously planted in California. Zinfandel’s distinctiveness takes on red berry fruit blackberry, anise, and pepper

Cheese that pairs with Zinfandel:

Danish Blue – A  strong semi-soft creamy cheese with blue-veined made from cow’s milk

Cheddar – A hard cheese, pale yellow and off-white in color, known for its sharp taste made from cow’s milk (orange cheddar cheese is artificially colored)

Chévre/Goat Cheese – A tangy cheese made from the milk of goats

Gouda – A semi-hard creamy and buttery cow’s milk cheese with a smooth texture

Gruyere – A hard yellow cheese, creamy and nutty made from cow’s milk

Muenster – a soft mild tasting cow’s milk cheese

Zamorano – is a hard sheep’s milk cheese,  nutty and rich in taste, similar to that of its relative, Manchego

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