Fruit and cheese party platters
WINE AND CHEESE PAIRINGS
When selected with care, wine is another great way to compliment a cheese platter. Here are some of the basic guidelines to follow when pairing wine and cheese:
- White wines are often better for most cheese pairings than reds because of the soft fruit and acidity in whites. Many cheeses bring out bitterness in red wine.
- Pair simple cheeses with light wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling. For rosés, try mild Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Cream Cheese.
- Strong cheeses are best with deep, sweet wines. For example pair Blue cheese with Port or Roquefort with a late harvest Riesling.
- Hard Cheeses taste best with medium to full-bodied wines, while soft cheeses work best with sparkling whites.
- If you are not the best at wine and cheese pairings think sweet. Sweet wines such as Rieslings, late harvest wines, and Port go great many cheeses. If you are still in doubt choose Gewurztraminer, Sancerre, Chenin Blanc, and sparkling wines or Champagne.
Specific choices: Best wines for the most popular cheeses: Here's a simple pairing guide to help you select the best wines for your cheese platter
Asiago: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, or Syrah
Blue: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Wines or Port, Syrah, or Zinfandel
Brie: Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon
Cheddar: Gewürztraminer, Riesling, medium-bodied Merlot, or Syrah
Colby: Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc
Gorgonzola: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Late harvest Rieslings, or Port
Gouda: Riesling, a fruity Zinfandel, or Merlot
Havarti: Lesser-oaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or a light-bodied Pinot Noir
Monterey Jack: Sauvignon Blanc, a fruity Zinfandel, or a medium bodied Merlot
Mozzarella: Lesser-oaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or a light-bodied Pinot Noir
Parmesan: Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc
Provolone: Merlot, light-bodied Pinot Noir, or Syrah
Swiss: Sauvignon Blanc, young Cabernet Sauvignon, or a light-bodied Pinot Noir
[Note: For suggestions on Irish beer to serve with some cheeses, click here.]