Today is July 25th, and that means it’s National Wine and Cheese Day and it’s safe to say everyone is pretty freaking excited. There is no better pairing than wine and cheese and what better than to dedicate a day to celebrate this fantastic duo.
Wine and cheese have been paired together for hundreds of years, first starting off because they were usually made on the same farms. Therefore they were easy to match together.
There are so many different flavors of cheese from light mozzarella to spicy and earthy like pepper jack and every flavor in between. There are also many kinds of wine from dry red to sweet white, there is wine for every person pallet.
Finding the right flavors of cheese to pair with the appropriate characters of wine can be challenging for a beginner. Here are 10 of the best wine and cheese pairings for you to try on this great day.
Sauvignon Blanc & Goat Cheese
Sauvignon Blanc is a dry but still bright white wine. It has citrus and earthy flavors, making it a best of both worlds kind of wine. Pairing Sauvignon Blanc with the mild flavors of goat cheese allows for each flavor to be tasted no matter how mild they are.
Pinot Grigio & Mozzarella
Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine that has very light fruity flavors. It’s a pretty mild wine while still packing a punch and not being too sweet. Pairing Pinot Grigio with a light cheese like mozzarella allows your pallet to taste as much as possible of each flavor.
Pinot Grigio also has a high acidity level acting like a pallet cleanser for you to thoroughly enjoy your light flavored cheese.
Merlot & Garlic And Herb
Merlot is a very dry red wine that has very dry fruity flavors. Pairing Merlot with garlic and herb cheese allows for each individual flavors to be tasted.
The sharp and earthy flavors of the garlic and herb really bring out the dry fruity notes in the Merlot. They both have strong flavors but work together to bring out every layer of both to create a perfect pair.
Riesling & Ricotta
Riesling is a dry yet sweet white wine that also has a tangy taste. This wine is best paired with ricotta cheese because it is a very creamy and sweet cheese.
The combination of both sweet flavors from the wine and the cheese pair well while the creaminess of the cheese and the tangy flavor of the wine allow both to stand on their own.
Chardonnay & Mild Cheddar
Chardonnay is a dry white wine that is still very fruity and crisp, it is a great medium for white wine lovers. Because of its dry, light and fruity taste Chardonnay goes very well with mild cheddar cheese.
The mildness of the cheddar allows for you to fully experience both the wine and the cheese without one overpowering the other.
Prosecco & Parmesan
Prosecco is a light and fruity white wine that is the most bubbly out of the bunch. Its champagne like flavors makes it a very versatile wine.
Pairing Prosecco with parmesan cheese allows for the bubbliness of the wine to cut through the saltiness of the cheese and create a perfect flavor combination.
Pinot Noir & Sharp Cheddar
On the opposite side of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir is a dry red wine that has many earthy flavors while still holding that strong red fruit taste.
Pairing it with a boldly flavored cheese like sharp cheddar allows both flavors to stand out in their own way while mixing perfectly together.
Moscato & Munster
Moscato is a very sweet white wine known for its citrus flavors. Pairing it with cheese like muenster, which has robust and powerful flavors, allows you to enjoy the strong flavors of the cheese while sipping on sweet and refreshing Moscato in between bites.
Sweet Rosé & Colby Jack
Sweet Rosé wine has become a cult favorite within the last few years. Its light and sweet taste make it a very versatile and well-loved wine.
Because this wine is so sweet pairing it with a spicy full-flavored cheese like Colby Jack gives you that delicate balance between sweet and spicy.
Zinfandel & Jalapeno
Looking for more spice all around? Zinfandel is a dry red wine that has a mix of fruity and spicy note. Some are more prominent depending on which brand you choose.
Pairing Zinfandel with a more spicy cheese like jalapeno or even pepper jack cheese packs a flavorful punch for those who enjoy spicy foods.