Pairing Wines With Cheese
When you consider pairing wines with cheeses, do you imagine pairing a white wine or a red wine? Depending on the wine’s style, both can work. Our guide to pairing wines with cheese will elevate your next cheese board to another level!
White Wine and Cheese Pairings
Many wine and cheese lovers pair their cheese boards with red wines. But surprisingly, white wine is actually a much better partner for many types of cheese. (Just ask Master of Wine Mary Gorman-McAdams: her article “Why You Should (Almost) Always Pair Cheese with White Wine” lays out an excellent defense of white wine/cheese combo!)
Sparkling wine cleanses the palate, so it’s a perfect pairing with creamier cheeses, such as camembert and brie. These cheeses fall under the category of “bloomy” cheeses, which are cheeses that have an edible white mold. Bloomy cheeses are rich, creamy, and easily spread; the interior can have a strong flavor or funk. In addition to brie and camembert, examples of bloomy cheeses include Chaource, Pierre Rober, Brillat Savarin, and Mt. Tam.