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Pairing wine and cheese

The world of pairing wine and cheese can be an overwhelming, if exciting, world for those who are eager to dive into it.  There are so many kinds of cheeses and so many kinds of wines to choose from.  This article will provide some basic tips to help you get started on your pairing adventures.

First and foremost, it is important to remember who your judges are.  No one on the internet, at a vineyard, or even anywhere else on the planet can tell you that your pairings are good in a way that is more significant than the simple voices of those trying your wine and cheese.  They are the ones who will give the final verdict, so be willing to adapt your style to meet your audience's need.

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That being said, there are some wines which simply do better than others in pairing.  When you are approaching red wine it is important that you attempt to pair it primarily with cheeses that are harder and milder.  These cheeses are less likely to interfere with the subtle tastes of red wine.  Fatty cheeses can leave a film on the tongue which make the red wine taste boring.

White wines have strong enough flavors that they can usually penetrate the flavor of this film of fat left on the tongue.  If you're looking for a sure bet with fattier cheeses, however, sparkling wines are a sure bet.

White wines are generally best used with softer cheeses, and are important to use when you are going for stronger flavors.  As a general rule of thumb, the stronger the cheese, the sweeter the wine.  Dessert wines are far from shameful and pair well with many cheeses.  The fruit flavors can also add their separate compliment to the flavors provided by the wine.

With these basic tips in hand you're ready for your first experimentation.  May these tips guide you to delicious meals, and may your wines always be divine!


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