Food & Drink

October 10, 2013

Wine and Cheese Pairings, White Wine and Cheese

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. In this article, I’ve focused on white wines matched with cheese. 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 & Wine Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, dry white wine, with grassy, herbaceous, flinty and citrus characteristics. Sauvignon Blanc is notably cultivated in France, California and New Zealand.

Fume Blanc an oaky-styled Sauvignon Blanc introduced by Robert Mondavi in the ’60s. Sancerre is Sauvignon Blanc made in Sancerre located in the eastern part of Loire Valley, France. Pouilly-Fumé another French Sauvignon Blanc also  located in the eastern part of Loire Valley, east of Sancerre.

Wine and Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Sauvignon Blanc: 

Brie De Meaux – A creamy ripened cheese with a tangy bite made from cows milk

Cambozola – Is the combination of Camembert and Gorgonzola; a rich and creamy Camembert cheese

Chabier Tomme – Goat and cow’s milk cheese with a nutty and creamy texture

Chaumes – A soft cheese with a rich full-bodied flavor and a smooth creamy texture made from cow’s milk

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

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

Feta – Brined curd cheese.  Made from sheep’s milk or a combination of sheep’s and goat’s milk

Harvarti – Mild, creamy and mellow made from cow’s milk

Teton Creamery Sapphire Blue - mold-ripened, cow’s milk cheese with blue veining

 

Chardonnay  is a very neutral, and versatile wine that can be made in different styles, from heavy and oaky to lean and minerally. These styles are a result of the terroir in which they are grown and the fermenting process. Chardonnay is planted and grown all over the world. Chardonnay’s have an expansive flavor profile from buttery, oaky to fresh fruit flavors of apple, pear, tropical fruits, and melon.

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Chardonnay:

Asiago -  Italian cow’s milk cheese, crumbly in texture similar to Parmesan

Brie De Meaux – A creamy ripened cheese with a tangy bite made from cows milk

Cambozola – Is the combination of Camembert and Gorgonzola; a rich and creamy Camembert cheese

Camembert - soft, creamy cow’s milk cheese

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

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

Delice de France - rich and creamy cow’s milk cheese

Gruyère – A hard yellow cheese, creamy and nutty made from cows milk

No Woman - Jamaican Jerk spiced cheese lending earthy, nutty and spicy flavors to this cow’s milk cheese

Port Salut - semi-soft cow’s milk cheese with a distinctive orange crust and a mild flavor

 

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.

Wine and Cheese Pairing

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

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

 

Albariño is a crisp, dry white wine. Albariño is a food friendly wine. Albariño is from Rías Baixas a sub region of Galicia in Spain

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Albariño:

Ibores – firm, tangy goat’s milk cheese from Spain

Mahon – sharp, cow’s milk cheese from Spain

Goat Cheese -  A tangy cheese made from the milk of goats

 

Chenin Blanc is indiginous to France’s Loire Valley and is also found in South Africa, where it is referred to as Steen, with some plantings in the United States. Chenin Blanc is a white wine ranging in taste from dry to sweet, with noticeable fruits of apple, melon, lime and pear.

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Chenin Blanc:

Camembert - soft, creamy cow’s milk cheese

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

 

Gewürztraminer, this varietal is naturally high in sugar; a white wine that can be dry or sweet; famously from Alsace {France} and Germany but also found in other regions around the world; depending on the region, Gewürztraminer’s flavor profile possesses pear, apricot, citrus, spice and mineral.

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Gewürztraminer

Boursin - soft creamy spreadable cheese similar to cream cheese

Cheddar – made from cow’s milk, a hard, sharp-tasting cheese

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

Fontina – Italian semi-soft cow’s milk cheese, mild in flavor

Goat - A tangy cheese made from the milk of goats

Gorgonzola – An Italian blue cheese, made from unskimmed cow’s milk

Gouda – A Dutch creamy and buttery cow’s milk cheese

Jarlsberg – A semi-soft, mild, cow’s milk cheese indiginous to Norway

Parmigano-Reggiano – An Italian cow’s milk cheese, hard and grainy texture

Pecorino Romano – A hard and salty Italian sheep’s milk cheese

Robiola – Soft, creamy Italian cheese without rind. Can be made from cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk or a blend

 

Grüner-Veltliner is Austria’s most prominent white wine grape varietal. Grüner is high in acidity profiling green apples, and tropical fruit with white pepper and minerals for added complexity.

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Grüner-Veltliner:

Appenzeller – a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland. Strong smelling cheese with rich and powerful flavors

Cheddar – made from cow’s milk, a hard, sharp-tasting cheese

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

Gruyère -is a hard yellow cheese, creamy and nutty made from cows milk

Mahon – sharp, cow’s milk cheese from Spain

 

Müller-Thurgau a German varietal, that is a hybrid of Riesling and Gutedel. A fruity and floral type of wine, with a flavor profile of honeysuckle, jasmine, and orange blossom and very distinct aromas of Muscat

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Müller-Thurgau:

Cheddar - made from cow’s milk, a hard, sharp-tasting cheese

Montasio – a soft, mild creamy cow’s milk cheese from Italy

 

Pinot Blanc is a dry white wine from the Alsace region of France, In Italy it is referred to as Pinot Bianco. Pinot Blanc’s flavor profile is that of citrus, melon, and pear while minerally and acidic adding to its balance

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Pinot Blanc: 

Brie - A creamy ripened cheese with a tangy bite made from cows milk

Camembert - soft, creamy cow’s milk cheese

Fontina  - Italian semi-soft cow’s milk cheese, mild in flavor

Montasio - a soft, mild creamy cow’s milk cheese from Italy

Robiola – Soft, creamy Italian cheese without rind. Can be made from cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk or a blend

Taleggio - is a semi-soft cow’s milk Italian cheese

 

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Pinot Gris, also known as Pinot Grigio in Italy, medium-full bodied white wine. pear, lemon, apple and melon.

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Cheese that pairs well with Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

Asiago -  Italian cow’s milk cheese, crumbly in texture similar to Parmesan

Époisses de Bourgogne or commonly known as Époisses, a French cows milk cheese, strong in taste and pungent, recognizable with its distinctive soft red-orange color

Camellia – A goat’s milk cheese similar to the French Camembert

Cheddar - made from cow’s milk, a hard, sharp-tasting cheese

Crottin – A soft goat cheese produced in the Loire Valley, France with a slight nutty flavor

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

Morbier – A French semi-soft cows’ milk cheese with a strong aroma and a rich and creamy taste. Recognizable with its distinctive black line running through the middle of the cheese, which is a light layer of coal soot used to prevent the cheese from spoiling in mid-production

Mozzarella di Bufala - an Italian semi-soft cheese, mild in flavor and taste

Saint- André – A French cheese that is triple crème made from cow’s milk, similar to Brie








 
 

 
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