- Reply by gregt, May 15, 2013.
Funny thing is, wine and cheese isn't always such a great match. However, I think it depends on your guests. If you list a few cheeses, will they know those cheeses?
Or conversely, if you tell them what wines you're having, will they know the wines?
If not, tell them to bring a cheese or a wine and then you guys taste them with each other and see which combo people seem to like.
- Reply by Kerryloves2travel, May 15, 2013.
I had a cheese tasting party and served different wines. My husband thought it was weird to have cheese as the main course, so we added lamb lollipops as a finger food. Had a nice tossed greens salad with olive oil & lemon juice to cleanse. Served a variety of breads, seeded crackers, fruits, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate. etc.
Even a special fig jam that went with cheeses. Whole Foods has a nice selection of these items.
Like anything, taste and pairings is an individual thing> For fun we took notes and someone would say- try the zin with the such & such cheese & then take a sip of wine again with chocolate. They would share their favorite combos.
We mainly stuck to red wines, Zin, Syrah, Pinot.
It was a HUGE hit & everyone is asking if we can do it again.
- Reply by biggredd, May 16, 2013.
I do like the idea of giving the guest the choice to bring either a wine or cheese or maybe both if they know of a good pairing. And also will provide as advised breads, etc
Are there must pairings just because.....anyone?.
- Reply by napagirl68, May 19, 2013.
Ok, this is one of my pet peeves... that there isn't more specific wine/cheese parings. Yes, GregT, it is not always a great marriage, but if one loves wine, and loves cheese, and wants to nibble with his/her wine at times- it would be great to have a guide.
Here is very general guidance from Laura Werlin, one of my fav cheese ladies. This is from her website, the link follows. You have to get her book for specifics:
• White wines work better with most cheeses. Most people don't like to hear this, but I promise you, it's true.
• The texture of cheese influences your wine choice. That is, a light cheese goes best with a light wine just as a more full-bodied cheese will go with a full-bodied wine.
• Fruity wines, white or red, go better with cheese.
• Sweet wines, sparkling wines, and older red wines go well with cheese too.
• To pair cheese with big, bold red wines, make sure to choose a well-balanced semi-hard cheese, such as the cheddar made by Fiscalini Farms in California or Cabot Clothbound from Vermont.