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One marriage no one can object to is the mouthwatering combination of wine and cheese.
Each is delicious on its own, but when you pair the two, magic just happen, but wait..not every pairing works.
The intensity, flavor, and texture of a cheese interact with the acidity, tannin content, and taste of a wine.
Let’s look at 3 simple Christmas wine and cheese pairings that are sure to please your guest’s palates!
1. Merlot and Brie
Merlot is a medium-bodied wine with medium tannin and acidity. It’s known for its softness and dry, fruity taste.
Brie is a French cheese with a buttery texture. With one bite, you’ll immediately notice a mildly nutty and tangy flavor.
Merlot and Brie create a harmonious blend, as the rich creaminess of the cheese balances out the dry fruitiness of the wine. Neither flavor overwhelms the other. They have a similar intensity, which generally makes for a good pairing.
2. Pinot Noir and Gruyere
Pinot Noir is one of the lighter red wines available. It has low-medium tannin and medium-high acidity. It also boasts a sweet and silky taste.
Gruyere is a semi-soft Swiss cheese with a mildly nutty flavor and earthy smell.
Much like the previous pair, the cheese and wine are nearly identical in intensity. The silkiness of the Pinot Noir meshes seamlessly with the smoothness of the Gruyere.
3. Cabernet Sauvignon and Aged Gouda
Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold, tannic red wine with medium acidity. It has a rich, fruity taste and aroma.
Aged Gouda is a hard, flaky Dutch cheese with a rich caramel flavor. It’s just as bold as the Cabernet Sauvignon, making the two a perfect match.
In general, wines that are higher in tannin pair well with aged cheeses. Tannins attach themselves to the proteins and fat in the cheese,
cleansing your palate with each sip.
Keep in mind that wines with a 13.5% ABV or higher go well
with strong, intense cheeses, such as Cabrales or aged Gouda. On the other hand, wines below 12.5% ABV pair well with delicate cheeses, like Brie.
Prepare the cheese about an hour before the event, as it is most flavorful at room temperature. Also, serve white wines at 50 degrees Fahrenheit and red wines at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Feel free to experiment and find your own favorite combinations of Christmas wine and cheese, and look out for our marble boards (www.marbleboard.org) to fill the air with grace as marble is one of the best stones that you can make your piece out of…