Food & Drink

April 14, 2015

Wine and Cheese Pairing: What Cheese Pairs with Riesling

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.

Food and Wine Pairings

Riesling is a white grape that produces acidic and aromatic white wines with flowery, perfume type aromas. Rieslings can be dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling. Riesling is native to Germany and planted around the world.

Cheese that pairs well with Riesling:

Apple Smoked Gouda - creamy and buttery cow’s milk cheese smoked with applewood

Colby -  a semi-hard, mild cow’s milk cheese

Cotija – Mexican grating cheese made from cow’s milk with a sharp flavor and firm texture

Edam – semi-hard cheese made from cow and goat milk, mild in flavor, that is slightly salty or nutty

Emmentaler - medium-hard cow’s milk cheese sometimes known as Swiss cheese

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