It’s that time of year again when spending time with family and friends is at an all time high! We appreciate the simplicity of entertaining with a few amazing selections of wine and a bevy of finger foods, all which pair up without being fussy. We wanted to suggest a couple of ideas that might inspire you to host your very own soiree!
We’ve included a printable wine tasting score card…enjoy responsibly!
As with any wine and food pairing, there are a number of considerations, such as texture, acidity, fat and tannin. The wine and cheese possibilities are endless, but to simplify the strategy, we give you nine noteworthy combinations (no pun intended).
1. Smoked Gouda and 7 Deadly Zins
This full-bodied Zinfandel pairs well with sharp and smoky Gouda. Gouda’s mix of salty and sweet, along with its deep nutty character, stands up well to the zin’s bold flavors.
2. Chipotle Cheddar and Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
This fine Spanish sparkling wine has citrus and apple flavors with a clean, crisp finish. It’s a great celebratory wine that tames a zesty Cheddar cheese.
3. Monteforte Blue Wedge and Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon
This creamy, crumbly cheese pairs well with a medium-bodied red blend. The friendliness of the tannins, combined with its spice and acidity, made the Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon the best choice.
4. Jalapeño Cheddar and Apothic Red Blend or La Crema Chardonnay
“Everything is betta with chedda,” as the saying goes. This flavor-packed cheese pairs especially well with Apothic Red’s captivating blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
5. Capra Goat Cheese Log and Starborough Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is the wine most often chosen to accompany goat cheese. Why? Because the zippy acidity in the wine matches the tanginess of the cheese. The combination of the two is fresh and invigorating.
6. President Swiss Emmental and La Marca Prosecco
Refreshing effervescence and lively fruit flavors give La Marca Prosecco a cheese-friendly profile. The Italian sparkling wine pairs well with a semi-hard, cow’s milk cheese such as Swiss.
7. Screaming Dutchman Red Wax Gouda and Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling
Riesling is a semi-sweet wine with peach and citrus undertones. Its lightness complements mild Gouda, which is creamy and easy on the palate.
8. Parmesan Reggianito and Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve characteristic spice and explosive fruit flavors hold their own when paired with Parmesan’s salty personality.
9. Pe´re Brie and Gnarly Head Pinot Noir
In general, softer cheeses go best with light to medium red wines, as the lighter flavors are more in tune with the more subdued textures and buttery flavors. Pinot Noir’s robust flavors complement Brie’s buttery texture and mellow flavor.
Rice, soy and almond cheese options are a simple way to transform this into a vegan’s paradise, delish!
Peace, love & JEWELRY! ~ Trésors De Luxe
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Your pairings are AWESOME. Thanks!!
Thanks SO much Christine! XO! Trésors De Luxe http://www.tresorsdeluxe.com
What a brilliant and timely posting!
I love this!!!!
Thank YOU! The season is all about spending time with friends & family, so we thought it would be the ideal post. So glad you liked it!
xx Trèsors De Luxe!
Many thanks for the follow. Your blog is beautiful. SO glad you found me! Namaste. . . .
Thank you so much! We’re SO glad we found YOU! Blessings ~ Trèsors De Luxe http://www.tresorsdeluxe.wordpress.com
This is great! I will definitely consult this post before my holiday party for some wonderful recommendations. Food/wine pairing is something I’d love to learn more about.
Leah, we’re SO happy you enjoyed the post! It’s a good tool to keep handy and the printable wine tasting score card is a fun little way to keep any party upbeat and lively!
As always, we hope everyone this holiday season remembers to enjoy their libations responsibly!
Trésors De Luxe
Being crazy about wine and cheese I’m loving this post**
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Great Post! Wine and cheese sounds amazing!! Thanks for stopping by my page! ❤
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