On July 25th, we celebrate the ultimate pairing of wine and cheese. National Wine and Cheese Day provides an opportunity to sample some of our favorites.
The pairing of wines and cheese has been a regionalized tradition. Across wine-producing cultures, many pair their regional wines with local cheeses. For example, the French Brie region is noted for its tannic wine varietals. Their Beaujolais goes well with the Brie produced in the area. However, that doesn’t stop a sommelier or cheesemonger from making other recommendations to their clientele.
Although regional preferences may take precedence in distinct areas, don’t hesitate to accept a sommelier’s suggestion. Sommeliers understand a developing palate. Through experience and skill, they guide those new to wine tasting through the basics. In addition, sommeliers keep sophisticated wine lovers abridged of the latest varietals.
Equally important is the knowledge of the cheesemonger. They’ve developed a knowledge base beyond mold and yeast. Because cheese tops more than a burger or a salad, cheesemongers stay updated on the latest cooking and wine trends. Their highly developed palate leads cheese and wine lovers to the best pairings and satisfying results.
NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY HISTORY
National Wine and Cheese Day has been observed since 2014.
3 WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR WINE AND CHEESE PAIRINGS
Keep the tannins low
Get advice on which wines are low in tannins — which can overpower your enjoyment of an accompanying cheese. .
Balance salty and sweet
Pairing a good quality blue cheese, feta or Gouda with a dry wine might induce a pucker and lessen your enjoyment.
Add fruit and nuts to your pairings
Top off brie and berries with a Merlot. Walnuts, cheddar and a Cabernet are another winning combo.
NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY DATES