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Wine lovers! Beer lovers! Cheese lovers! Cast your eyes upon this ultimate guide of handy charts for cheese pairings: matches made in delicious cheese heaven.
1. Make a great cheeseboard
First you need to know how to make a great cheese board (matching cheese with cheese if you will). If you’re hosting, you need a great and simple cheese plate that’s guaranteed to press everyone’s buttons. To do this, make sure you include all these cheese categories: creamy, nutty, sharp, fresh, and funky. An example of a balanced cheeseboard like this may include: brie, gouda, cheddar, goat cheese, and blue cheese.
If you’re unsure of a wine that will go nicely with your cheeseboard variety, a rich, full-bodied chardonnay is a safe bet and will pair well with most cheeses.
2. Pairing cheese with wine
Now, for those of you who want to get a little more technical, you may want to know which cheeses pair specifically well with which wines rather than just using a ‘one-size-fits-all’ chardonnay. For a more perfectly paired experience, take a look below.
There are so many options for enjoying wine and cheese together. This can be brilliant for variety but also perhaps overwhelming for beginners. Want a few more specific suggestions to start you off? Here are some particularly popular pairings (including a few extra for your parmesan, ricotta, or mozarella dishes) to guide you.
3. Pairing cheese and beer
Pssh. Pairing wine and cheese? So over-done. If you’re looking for something a bit different, treat yourself/your guests to a fantastic beer and cheese pairing experience. Just as delicious, and something many people may not have thought of trying!
A few more matches to try: an IPA should also go nicely with blue cheese, a saison with chèvre, a bock with aged Swiss cheese, and a brown ale with mild cheddar or sheep’s milk cheese.
4. Which cheese with which biscuits?
Not happy unless your pairings are absolutely perfect? In your cheese and biscuit/cracker selection there are complimentary pairings you may not have realised work really well together. Try them out!
These are all suggestions that the experts recommend for maximum enjoyment when enjoying cheese. Of course each idea is subjective and you may have your own perfect pairings you’ve stumbled across that you use every time. Care to share? Let us know in a comment below!
Psst! Another tip for your cheeseboard: a slate board like the one above from Jamie Oliver will stop your cheese getting too warm, keeping it at the right temperature for delicious cheese all night long!
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