Of course, one of the most well-known pairings, and our top favorite, is wine and cheese. These two may even top the list of the most iconic food combinations when paired correctly. Keep reading below to learn how to pair red wine with different types of cheese and some of our recommended pairings.
Red Wine & Cheese Pairing Tips
There are a lot of red wines out there and an even more enormous amount of cheeses. Randomly picking and choosing which wine to have with cheese is never suitable and will only disappoint you. Certain tannins can easily overpower the flavor of a delicate cheese or make it taste a little off. When pairing cheese with red wine, remember these tips:
- Heavy With Heavy and Light With Light
- High Tannins With Aged Cheeses
- Mirror Styles
- Sweetness Is Your Friend
Cabernet Franc and Goat Cheese
Comparing recommendations for goat cheese typically does best with whites, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pair it with red. Cabernet Franc is a lighter red and has a tart acidity with fruity and herbaceous notes. The fresh, fruity flavors play into goat cheese’s tart, earthy flavors.
Merlot and Brie
Brie is one of the world’s most popular cheeses. It pairs well with many different wines, depending on what part of the cheese you want to highlight most. We recommend pairing a fruity Merlot with brie – one with fewer tannins. Pinot noir is also a good option if you’re looking to highlight the earthy funk of the cheese.
Shiraz and Gouda
Gouda has a sweet, pleasantly sharp taste, whereas Shiraz has a ripe berry flavor that will complement it perfectly. The wine also features notes of tobacco and smoke, making this wine a great option to pair with smoked cheese, bringing those tobacco notes to the forefront.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Aged Cheddar
Big, bold cheeses need a wine with similar traits. We recommend pairing a strong-aged cheddar cheese with the firm tannins of a Cabernet Sauvignon. Instead of one drowning out the other, they will equally complement the bold flavors of one another.
Visit Krasi in Boston, MA Today
Look no further if you are looking for the perfect red wine to pair with your favorite cheese. Enter the world of wine and cheese today at Krasi in Boston, MA. We have plenty of cheese varieties to choose from and pair with any of our delicious sweet red wines.