It's no secret to anyone. . . wine and cheese go hand in hand. Different cheese selections affect the palate influence for different wines. If your hosting a wine and cheese tasting party you will want to make sure and pair your cheese selections with the types of wines you will be featuring.
For example. . . a good blue cheese can make a younger and lower end Cabernet Savignon taste like a much higher quality wine. The tanins of the Cab go extremely well with the fatty heaviness of the bleu cheese.
Have your guests take a sample of the wine first. Then introduce the blue cheese and have them taste the wine again. Their assessment of the wine after the blue cheese has coated their mouth will probably be much higher than their original assessment of the wine without the cheese.
Here's a short list of sample cheese and wine pairings:
Merlot-consider a brie, cheddar, gruyere, parmesan or gargonzola
Cabernet Sauvignon-consider camembert, roquefort (blue cheese), cheddar, colby, gouda or parmesan
Chenin Blanc-consider a camembert or goat cheese
Sauvignon Blanc-consider brie, feta, asiago, goat cheese, cheddar or parmesan
Pinot Noir-consider monterey jack, swiss, brie, gruyere or muenster
Pinot Grigio-consider cheddar, edam, goat cheese, gouda, mozarella and muenster
Riesling-consider blue cheese, gouda, edam, brie or monterey jack
Chardonnay-consider provolone, brie, gouda, gruyere, parmesan or camembert
Chianti-consider mozarella, parmesan, fontina or provolone
Beaujolais-consider goat cheese, brie or camembert
Have fun with your wine cheese tasting parties and please be sure to read our other articles on types of wine tastings and how to host a wine tasting party.
Jane McGowan is a wine enthusiast. If you'd like to learn more about how to host a themed wine tasting party you can visit her website at - Types Of Wine Tastings where she has lots of information on how to host a wine tasting party, types of wine tastings and where you can find in home wine tasting party kits and invitations. Wondering what temperatures to serve your wine at or which cheeses and foods to serve with which wines. There's lots of detailed information on that too at Wine And Cheese Pairings and How To Chill Wine.