i have always loved cheese. when i was 5, i loved kraft american singles. in middle school i loved shredded colby jack. in high school, i loved sliced provolone. my favorites now are gouda, parmesan, and a few others that my beer budget does not allow me to love. if i could though, i would spend hours with the cheese lady at king sooper’s, planning the most extravagant cheese and wine party anyone has ever seen. there is something to be said for dreamers, right?

wine enthusiast has a few good tips if you, like me, love cheese. which wines go best with which cheeses?

first, split your cheeses into 4 categories:

Bloomy: Creamy, decadent cheeses, with a soft rind.

Hard: Stiff cheeses, which are often sharp and/or salty. They can also be aged.

Blue: Pungent, often salty cheeses, with a blue tinge.

Fresh: Soft, often spreadable cheeses that can be tangy or mild. They are not usually aged.

second, just as with any food pairing, it helps to think of either complementary or contrasting flavors. A lush wine works well with a triple-cream cheese, while an acidic wine will cut the cheese’s sweetness. As you begin to experiment, taste the cheese first by itself, to get a sense of its character, and then put another bite into your mouth with some wine to see how they mingle. -wine enthusiast

here are a few of my favorite pairings:

gouda – merlot // parmesan – chianti // gruyere – sauvignon blanc // feta – beaujolais

happy pairing!

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