Monday, June 22, 2009

Cheese and wine pairing - what goes with what


Cheese and wine pairing – for those of you who have always wanted to know…

Personally I think a good Shiraz of Cab-Sav or wooded Chardonnay go with most cheeses. I am not a sweet wine or port person, so I tend to leave those out of the equation and replace them with sweet fig preserve or something like that instead. But check out the guide. It has been put together by Checkers, who stock wines from the all around the Cape.

Blue Cheese:
Sweet Sherry
Dessert Wine

Blue Stilton:
Mulled Wine

Boerenkaas:
Chardonnay
Cabernet Sauvignon

Brie:
Chardonnay - unwooded
Chenin Blanc
Cabernet Franc
Pinot Noir
Blanc Fumé
Dry Riesling
White Port
Brandy
Port - White
Cream Liqueur

Camembert:
Cap Classique
Chardonnay - wooded
White Wine - dry
Cheddar with chillies:
Vintage Cider
Real Ale
Cheshire:
Red Wine - with sweet oak character

Cream Cheese:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Rhine Riesling

Edam:
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Port
Emmental:
Sauvignon Blanc

Farmhouse Cheddar:
Vintage Cider
Shiraz

Feta:
Shiraz
Red Wine - flavourful
Sauvignon Blanc

Goat’s Milk Cheese:
Merlot
Chardonnay
Semillon
Chenin Blanc
White Wine - neutral, low-acid
Mulled Wine - sweet

Gouda:
Pinotage

Gruyère:
Red Wine - fruity
Port
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Shiraz
Chardonnay

Hard Goat’s Milk Cheese:
Cream Liqueur

Harvati:
White Wine - flavoursome, delicate
Chardonnay - unwooded

Herb Cheese:
Sauvignon Blanc

Mature Cheddar:
Dry Stout
Pinot Grigio
Chardonnay - unwooded
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Shiraz
Chardonnay
Maasdam:
Shiraz

Ricotta:
Red Wine - full-bodied
Chardonnay
Parmesan:
Chardonnay
Shiraz
Pinotage

Roquefort:
Sauvignon Blanc
Riesling

Stilton:
Dessert Wine
Mulled Wine
Wheat Beer

Taleggio:
Red Wine - lightly wooded
White Stilton with apricots:
Medium Sherry
Classic English Ale
Pinot Grigio

White Stilton with cranberries:
Classic English Ale

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