Dare to Pair

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Easy Wine Pairing Tips for Everyone!

Bianca Sanon, a sommelier and wine expert I respect tremendously, recently published an article that sums up how Tim and I feel about recommending wine. All that matters is what YOU the drinker of said wine like. The idea that we know more than you about what you will enjoy is wrong. We don’t. We can help guide you to the right bottle but keep in mind… there a MULTIPLE right bottles! If you haven’t had a chance to read her article on Eater I hope you will. It’s great!

So in the spirit of empowering you, the drinker, to pair with abandon, I bring you a few tips for the great Anne Saxelby about wine and cheese from her truly geeky new book. “The New Rules of Cheese

Per Anne’s Tip #71 about pairing cheese, remember pairing cheese and wine (or anything else for that matter) should be fun, unpretentious. If done well, it can even be a bit of an adventure! Therefore I give you…

Rule #1
The best pairing is…. the one you like the best! (Yes, I know, annoying!) However, I want to stress this. Don’t let anyone tell you your pairing is wrong. If you like it then it’s a great pairing. Full Stop.

Ok, now that I have hammered that idea home, here are a few tips to help find your perfect pairing

What grows together goes together.

Pairing a cheese together with a wine from the same region will inevitably work out well for you. They are basically made to go together! 

Next level pairing tip:
Try pairing your wine with a version of the traditional pairing from a new region. Bloomy rind cheeses like Camembert go very well with Cider both of which come from Normandy. So try a bloomy rind cheese from America with that French cider!

Stick with whites

Generally speaking, white wines will pair better with cheese than red wines. So just choose your favorite white to go with your cheese of choice.

If you are a die-hard red wine fan, then pick strong funky cheeses that can hold their own against the stronger flavor profile of your red wine.

Try These Three “Tried and Trues”

Ruppert-Leroy 11,12,13 Champagne Brut Nature

Triple Cream Cheeses with Champagne or Sparkling Wine

This dense and buttery cheese is lifted by the bubbles and acidity of Champagne


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Domaine Geschickt Le Schlouk

Alpine Style Cheese like gruyère, emmentaler, and fontina with Riesling, Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc

The acidity and fruitiness of this wine pairs really well with the nutty creaminess of these cheeses


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Hiyu Floreal Cider IV

Bloomy Rind Cows Milk Cheese and Cider

This fruity and fresh apple cider from Switzerland brings a nice balance to the butteriness and funk of these cheeses


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