Cheese and wine Tasting: Do I drink red or white wine with cheese?

Cheese and wine Tasting are the most popular format requested by my client, but it’s not easy way to pair the wine.
Cheese is always correlated to wine but because of its strong smell but it can be complicate to pair it safely. French us to eat cheese with red wines but if you don’t want to be wrong note that the safiest way to pair cheese is white wines made from Chenin Blanc or Chardonnay in the Chablis style.


You will ask me why?

Because the natural acidity of white wines balances the natural richness of cheese, like vinegar and oil in a salad dressing.

What if sadly you are a red wine drinker as me?

Don’t worry, just look for non tannic grapes like Pinot noir, Gamay or Merlot. Those grapes can easily balance cheeses made from goat milk, matured goat cheeses are the best because of them spicyness.
When choosing Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec you have to choose cheeses from the same wine’s area preferably made from ewe milk.
In south west of France we eat Tome de Brebis, or Ossau Iraty with some black cherry jam and a glass of Irouleguy, Cahors, Madiran, St Mont or either a corsican wine. Try as well New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon or Argentinian Malbec.

What about blue cheese?

The best way to pair blue cheese either Stilton, Bleu de Causses, Roquefort, Gorgonzola is to choose a dessert wine like Banyuls, Maury, or Sauternes. Port is also a very good choice as Cheery or Madeir. The sweetness of those wines contrasts harmoniously the saltness of the cheese, plus those wines are full bodied as any blue cheese.


The wines were:

100% Chenin Blanc.Monmousseau is one of the biggest producer for sparkling white wines from the Loire Valley. They use the traditional method like Champagne, but mechanicaly which keep cheap cost. It’s a nice alternative to Champagne and always a good pairing with cheese.
100% Chenin Blanc. Groote Post used to be a dairy farm, they start to do wines in 1999. The vineyard is facing the atlantic ocean, which keep a mild climate. This wine gives more acidity than the french Chenin Blanc
100% Gamay. This Morgon is a little bit atypic, as a Morgon is usually on the strawberry jam side. Morgon is the northernest area of Beaujolais close to Macon in Burgundy, some Morgon can beat Pinot noir from burgundy. Morgon its one of the few Beaujolais appelation able to age, the french term used to describe the maturation of a Beaujolais is: Il morgonne…
100% Pinot Noir. In 1989, 2 windsurfing mates decide to create their own vineyard. Lake Chalice wines is a key sponsor of the Wingspan Trust preserving NZ’s birds of prey, and is active in the falcons for grapes project in Malbourough.
80% Malbec 20% Merlot. Malbec is very well known for its argentinian ones, South west of France is the Malbec birthplace. In this terroir the Malbec gives wines earthier and drier than its cousins from argentina. Cahors is the perfect guest for a picnic as it can match food from starter to chocolate dessert. La Capelle Cabanac is an Organic vineyard situated at 300m altitude which gives more difference in temperature between night and day. The soil is very poor, limescale, and gives naturaly a very low yield which is a guarantee of good quality.
100% Grenache Noire. One of the last vineyard in Languedoc Roussillon still farmed using a mule. Lies near the slopes of French Pyrennée, overlooking the mediterranean sea. Vigne d’en Traginer is part of the collection of a single vineyard wines carefully selected by Ey family.

1/ Sparkling Touraine JM Monmousseau, 100% Chenin Blanc, £11.75

Appearance: Bright pale greenish, medium bubble not to strong.

Nose: Green apple, pear, floral.

Palate: Very well balanced apple taste, non acidic.

Match: Comté, gruyère, Pear pie, salmon

Pairing of the evening: Comté 36 months from Doux/Franche Comté/France.


2/Groote Post, Chenin Blanc, South Africa, 2011 £8.99

Appearance: Bright, intense greenish.

Nose: Intense green apple, little floral.

Palate: Medium acidity, strong fruit flavours.

Match: Cheese, savoury cake, Quiche, salmon.

Pairing of the evening: Comté 36 months from Doux/Franche Comté/France.

Best Pairing: Touraine/ Comté


3/ Morgon les Charmes, Loron fils, 2010 £12.30

Appearance: Bright intense ruby

Nose: Earthy strawberry and leather

Palate: Dry and earthy, strawberry with cherry, medium after taste

Match: Goat cheese, white meat, quiche

Pairing of the evening: Chaource from Burgundy

This Morgon is a little bit atypic, as a Morgon is usually on the strawberry jam side.

Morgon is the northernest area of Beaujolais close to Macon in Burgundy, some Morgon can beat Pinot noir from burgundy. Morgon its one of the few Beaujolais appelation able to age, the french term used to describe the maturation of a Beaujolais is: Il morgonne…


4/ Lake Chalice, Pinot noir, Malborough, New Zealand, 2010, £16.49

Appearance:Bright and Intense deep ruby

Nose: Complex Red berries, blackcurrant, liquorice, and Black cherry

Palate: Follows the nose on the red and black berries, plus an additional of leather, very good length.

Match: White meats, chicken in creamy sauce, BBQ, matured goat cheese

Pairing of the evening: Argolay from Pays de la loire, goat milk


5/ La Capelle Cabanac, Cahors, France, 2009, South West/France

80% Malbec 20% Merlot

Appearance: Deep Dark purple

Nose: Intense blackcurrant, plum, liquorice, cocoa

Palate: Blackcherry, black currant, plum and leather, smooth and silky

Match: Chocolate, matured cheeses, stew, lamb, game.

Pairing of the evening: Ossau iraty South west/France

Malbec is very well known for its argentinian ones, South west of France is the Malbec birthplace. In this terroir the Malbec gives wines earthier and drier than its cousins from argentina.

Cahors is the perfect guest for a picnic as it can match food from starter to chocolate dessert.


6/ Banyuls, EY, Biodynamic, Roussillon/Pays Catalan/France

100% Black Granacha

Appearance: rust, oxydated, with deposits, need to be filtered

Nose: plums, cocoa

Palate: velevety intense plums.

Match: matured cheeses, chocolate to have a Blackforest cake taste.

Pairing of the evening with a Bleu de Cerverac made from Ewe milk, Midi Pyrénée, France. This cheese is creamier than the classic Roquefort.


 

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