You’re hosting a party and you know there has to be wine but what you don’t know, is what you should be pairing the wine with. That is perfectly understandable – pairings can be a bit of a pain, to say the least. Fortunately, we’re not living in the dark ages anymore and the internet is at our fingertips. Finding the information we need to create the perfect wine/cheese pairing is easy today, and we’ve put together a few tips below.
Learning to Pair – A Quick Guide
The first thing you need to know is that there are many different types of cheeses out there and they all vary in different aspects which include:
These are four very important points for you to consider when you are doing your pairing as the wrong one can throw off the taste entirely. Remember that wine also has many of its own features for you to take into consideration, for example you have the acidity, the sweetness, structure, and plenty of others.
Aging and Cheese
You’ve heard about wine aging, but have you ever heard about the effects aging has on cheese? The first thing you need to know is that the process is called affinage. During this process, the moisture in the cheese evaporates which leaves only the fat and protein. For this reason, older cheese will be much more rich and definitely more savory than the newer ones.
If you’re into that, then aged cheese is definitely quite the treat. Bear in mind that different types of cheese will develop different flavors, for example blue cheese will be much more pungent, and Epoisses actually develops a bacon type flavor. You can clearly see why choosing the right cheese will affect your wine, and wine also ages in its own way.
Aging and Wine
Wine ages, and like cheese, it only gets better with age. If you want a good example, look at the way grapes ferment when exposed to air. The same applies to wine, though it doesn’t happen in such a grotesque manner. Essentially, the tannins in the wine begin to break down, and the wine begins to take on a different flavor. At each stage of its life, the wine will taste different, just as cheese will. That being the case, you may need to experiment if you’re going to find that perfect pairing.
Finding the Perfect Pairing
As we said in the previous paragraph you may need to experiment, but in the end there are several charts that you can find online which will lead you to the right conclusions. Make sure you listen to the advice you find online and most importantly, find something that you like. Sometimes it just comes down to personal preference.[Image Credit]