Wine and cheese is a classic combination as old as bread and butter. There is a very long history, and pairing cheese with wine remains incredibly popular. Both are produced by processing a single simple ingredient for each: grapes and milk. Each grape variety produces a unique wine with its characteristics, and all cheeses have different textures, colors, odors, and flavors. Here are some of our cheese and wine recommendations!
Cheese Pairings with Merlot
Merlot is a top-rated and typical table wine. It is deep-hued and full-bodied and is typically noted for its versatility in flavor. The most favored flavors of Merlot include cherry, plum, and even chocolate. Sheep’s milk cheese and cow’s milk cheese go equally well with Merlot. Some of the varieties worth trying with a glass of Merlot are Brie, Cheddar, Parmesan, the tangy Swiss Gruyere, and the Italian Gorgonzola.
Pairing Cheese with Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir grapes produce high-quality wine that has more alcohol, is less bitter, and has lighter color. The flavors of this wine are primarily described as smooth, sensual, and complex. Its berry and floral aromas blend well with natural rind cheese. Swiss, Brie, Gruyere, and Muenster are some of the famous cheese pairings with Pinot Noir. The exquisite blue cheese and the washed rind type of cheese are best avoided.
Pairing Cheese with Syrah
With certain superior qualities, the Syrah grape produces some of the best Greek wines. Syrah red wines are known for their unique and dominant flavors like smoke, black cherries, and roasted pepper. This red wine’s potent berry and tart flavors blend with acidic and pungent goat’s milk cheese. Some great cheeses to pair with Syrah wines include a Farmhouse Cheddar, Edam, Gouda, and Alpine-style cheese.
Cheese Pairings with Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is considered one of the finest red wines due to its rich flavor. It is typically aged for a year in oak casks and is then transferred and aged years in the bottle. The cheese that goes best with Cabernet Sauvignon is from cow’s milk, especially well-aged washed rind cheese. Some of the best cheese to serve with cabernet are Brie, Camembert, Danish Blue, and Strong Cheddar.
Visit Krasi in Boston, MA Today
If you are looking to enter the world of wine and cheese, consider visiting Krasi in Boston, MA, today. We have plenty of cheese varieties to choose from and pair with any of our delicious red wines. Visit us today or visit our website to make reservations.