There are many a cheese and wine pairing going on all the time, but it’s a nice change hosting one in the comfort of your own home. So if you are planning a cheese-and-wine evening, here are few paring and serving tips.
Pairing wine and cheese can sometimes feel like you’re trying to solve the Sunday crossword puzzle. But there’s no need to over think it; the key is to keep your theme straightforward and your flavours saturated.
When preparing a cheese platter I keep it plain and simple. Some people are really not into funky old or goats cheeses so stick to the traditional platter.
For a traditional take on the cheese platter, offer cow’s milk cheeses that are familiar and not too pungent (stinky), such as Gruyère, Gouda, Cheddar (avoid extra-sharp) and soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert.
The wines that will pair well with this platter are the Douglas Green Chardonnay and even the medium to full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.
Another easy and stunning platter is a Philadelphia cream cheese covered with a sweet chilly sauce served with salty biscuits. The Douglas Green Chardonnay Viognier will be great with this dip/platter.