Wine & Food Pairing

Paring the delicious flavors of wine and food can be almost foolproof if you follow a few simple rules beginning with your own preferences!  In other words, if the combination works for you, then that should really be all that matters.  That said, there are a few guidelines you can follow if you aren't sure where to begin. 

Choose foods and wines that compliment each other rather battle for your attention.  Wine should enhance your dining experience, similar to adding just the right herb or spice to a dish.   The classic (safe) 'rule' of thumb is light wines tend to compliment light flavored dishes while full bodied wines team better with dishes with more depth. 

Do you think of Cheese when you think of wine?  If you do, you are not alone!  For many of us, our first introduction to the joys of wine began with 'a loaf of bread, a chunk of cheese, and a bottle of wine.'  This wonderful, easy to put together meal has certainly with stood the sands of time.  Let this guide be just that -- a guide.  Your personal preferences, above all, should always be your first choice.

Pairing Wine & Cheese

Champagne - creamy Brie, young Cheddar, tangy Chevre, mild Colby, and nutty Edam.

Pinot Grigio - nutty Swiss, young Taleggio,  mild Muenster, and sharp cheddar.

Chardonnay - creamy Brie, tangy Havarti, smoky Provolone.

Sauvignon Blanc - buttery Brie, tangy Havarti, smoky Provolone, rich Asiago, sharp Romano, and complex Parmesan. 

Pinot Noir - nutty Edam, smoky Brie, buttery Monterey Jack, salty Feta, creamy Camembert.

Merlot - buttery Brie, tangy Havarti, mild Gouda, smoked Gouda, and smoky Provolone.

Syrah -  rich aged Cheddar, tangy white Cheddar, smoked Cheddar, and sharp Parmesan. 

Zinfandel - complex Parmigiano Reggiano, sharp Cheddar, nutty Manchego, pungent Brie, and spicy Blue.

Cabernet Sauvignon -  perfect with The Italian Trio: rich & nutty Asiago, sharp & tangy Romano, and rich, sharp & complex Parmesan. 

Vintage Port - rich & creamy Stilton, aged & cheddary Gouda, pungent & salty Roquefort.

Sherry - spicy Blue, rich Manchego, and sharp Parmgiano Reggiano.

 

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