Wine & Cheese for Dummies

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Wine and cheese often go hand-in-hand but, like a marriage, pairings only jive well when one balances the other. After scouring the web for the best matching system, we have determined Wine Magazine’s to be the most strategic, easy-to-follow, and all about that top-notch taste.

They begin by dividing cheese into four categories:
1. Bloomy: “Creamy, decadent cheeses, with a soft rind.”
2. Hard: “Stiff cheeses, which are often sharp and/or salty. They can also be aged.”
3. Blue: “Pungent, often salty cheeses, with a blue tinge.”
4. Fresh: “Soft, often spreadable cheeses that can be tangy or mild. They are not usually aged.”

Then, they take it a step further and break-it-down with this fool-proof chart:

Bloomy Cheeses
Camembert + Chapagne
Brie + Chardonnay
Robiola + Sparkling Wine
Taleggio + Pinot Blanc

Hard Cheeses
Gouda + Merlot
Cheddar + Cabernet Sauvignon
Parmesan + Chianti
Double Gloucester + Zinfandel
Pecorino + Valpolicella
Gruyere + Sauvigonon Blanc
Fontina + Bardolino

Blue Cheeses
Gorgonzola + Port
Stilton + Sauternes
Blue + Riesling
Cambozola + Eiswein

Fresh Cheeses
Ricotta + Pinot Grigio
Mozzarella + Sauvignon Blanc
Goat + Chenin Blanc
Feta + Beaujolais
Burrata + Tocai Friulano

Use this guide to help navigate your wine and cheese pre-party planning, and remember to mix-up your choices to provide a wide array of flavors for all your guests to savor.

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