Holiday Wine & Cheese Guide:
Tips On Choosing The Right Vintage
Wine and cheese have partnered up for centuries, providing the perfect one-two punch for any and every type of social gathering. Although we could get into the scientific reason for why the two go so well together, we'd rather get down to the business of figuring out which wine and cheese combinations taste best and what holiday events are the proper fit to feature them. Many adults know what kind of wine they prefer, but deciding what kind of cheese to get can be a mystery. Learn about some of the best combos with our holiday wine and cheese guide.
People tend to be pickier about the wine they drink than the cheese they eat. There are just as many types of cheese as there are types of wine. If you're hosting a wine tasting, it's always better to get the wine more people will enjoy or give everyone options. One wine option many people will love is merlot, and it also happens to be a wine that pairs well with cheeses across the board. From soft cheese, like the mild muenster or harvarti, to harder cheeses, like Parmesan or Swiss, merlot is a crowd pleaser.
Chianti is consistently one of the most popular red wines in America, and rightly so because of how well it pairs with a variety of different foods. Unsurprisingly, it also works with a variety of cheeses. However, if you're looking for the perfect cheese to nibble on while sipping Chianti or for appetizers, you might try a hard or aged cheese like Parmesan or Asiago. It's also a good tip to pair your wine with cheeses that are traditionally produced in similar regions. Chianti comes from the Chianti region, which is also where great mozzarella and provolone cheeses originate.
One of the most popular and widely produced wines around the world, sauvignon blanc boasts a wide range of possible flavors. Yet, while the flavor differs depending on the region where it's made, the crisp wine pairs particularly well with cheeses derived from goat's milk, especially if the wine has been chilled. Goat's milk produces a cheese with distinct fatty acids that typically give it a tart flavor. Similar to goat cheeses, sauvignon blanc also goes perfectly with other soft cheeses like Brie cheese or classic cheeses produced from goat or sheep's milk, like feta cheese.
From Pinot Grigio To Port
Pinot grigio, not to be confused with its close-knit cousin pinot gris, is the right wine for you if you like certain whey cheeses like ricotta. ricotta, along with cheeses like mozzarella or Swiss are also among the best types of cheeses for lactose-intolerant guests since they contain only trace or low levels of lactose. Lactose-intolerant guests will want to stay away from blue cheese such as Stilton or the heavier Gorgonzola. Thus, they might skip a good port wine, which goes perfectly with blue-veined cheeses with full-bodied flavors.
Champagne Or Sparkling Wine
Champagne isn't just for celebrating a special event or nabbing the last wall-climbing remote-control car from the toy store. It's also great for pairing with cheese at your wine-tasting party. Champagne isn't typically meant to be enjoyed for extended periods of time, so it works great at the beginning or end of your event. A light, fruity champagne pairs perfectly with creamier cheeses like Brie or chevre. Airy, silky cheeses are also pleasant companions for sparkling wine. Although, you might be inclined to try drier wine varieties when sampling softer cheeses.
Don't stress out too much about trying to find the perfect wine and cheese pairings. Part of the fun is testing flavors for yourself. Get a few of your favorite wines, use our cheese suggestions as guidelines and enjoy. Pick up a selection of wine glasses and fun decor for your wine tasting, as well as holiday decor like tabletop Christmas trees with lights at The Lakeside Collection.