Cheese and wine may seem to be perfect partners, but the two clashes almost as often as they hit it off. Each is delicious on its own, but certain wine and cheese pairings are irresistible. Whether you’re heading to a picnic or hosting a movie night, here’s 3 cheese and wine pairings that will help you build the perfect cheese plate.
Rosé + Camembert
Rosé is vibrant and crisp with floral and hints of berries, and it goes well with a variety of cheese. But we’d avoid pairing rosé with pongy cheese as the cheese’s flavour will overpower the wine. Camembert is a naturally buttery cow’s milk cheese with lots of nutty, earthy flavours. These notes are complemented by mineral-driven rosés.
The Chateau Minuty Rose Wine is light, dry and acidic with plenty of fruits. Regarded as one of the best Provence rose wine.
The Babydoll Rose from Malborough, New Zealand is floral and acidic with notes of peach, strawberry and mineral.
Champagne or Prosecco + Brie
Pairing gooey brie with Champagne is one of life’s tastiest pleasures. In fact, the bubbly acidity complements the rich texture of brie, and it elevates the crisp, layered flavours of the champagne.
The Didier Chopin Champagne Brut is a blend of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Pinot Noir from artisan growers Didier and Karin Chopin based in Marne Valley, France. This Champagne is aromatic, dry finish with citrus notes and a subtle hint of toasted brioche.
Sauvignon Blanc + Gruyère
Gruyère cheese is a medium-hard yellow cheese that is sweet and slightly salty, but it is known to be earthy and nutty in taste with fully aged gruyere. Sauvignon Blanc’s bright and zesty notes complement the mildly nutty and sweet flavour of gruyère cheese while remaining light enough not to overwhelm them.
The Yealands Estate Single Block M2 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is dry, green and zesty with notes of grapefruit and peach. It’s archetypal Malborough white wine, making it great value for money, as well as a ‘brilliant food wine’.