Winter Cheese Plate + Wine Pairings

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If there is one thing that I like just as much as wine, it has to be cheese.

Wine + Cheese = A Match Made in Heaven

Depending on the time of year, I nibble on different cheeses.

During the cooler winter months, I lean towards richer, creamier and more aged cheeses.

It’s also a good idea to choose seasonal fruit as well. Think grapes, persimmons, pears, figs, and pomegranates in the winter.

I also love to use dried fruits as well… cranberries, pomegranates and even raisins.

This winter I have been using a combination of aged cheeses and soft, rich cheeses on my cheese plates. Some of my favorite cheeses are…

~ Red Hawk (a washed-rind cow’s milk cheese)

~ Brillat-Savarian

~ La Tur

~ Aged Gouda

~ Camembert

~ Monte Enebro

~ Chèvre

~ Explorateur

~ Boursault

During the winter season, I like to add the following to my cheese plates…

~ Dates

~ Fig jam (picture above from Whole Foods- delicious!)

~ Persimmons

~ Dried cranberries and pomegranate seeds

~ Fresh pomegranate

~ Fresh figs

~ Cashews

~ Pecans

~ Hazelnuts

The addition of these fruits and nuts to the cheese plate makes the palate happy!

So what wines go well with my winter cheese plate?

 

Suggested Wine Pairings

Sparkling Wines ~ Creamy cheese that coats your mouth is the perfect cheese to nibble on while sipping bubbles. The sparkling wine cleanses your palate getting your mouth ready for your next bite of that delicious creamy cheese.  

White Wines~ Try a lush white wine such as Chardonnay or Gewurztraminer.

Red Wines ~ A light to medium-bodied red would work while nibbling on the hard, aged cheeses, such as the aged Gouda. The sparkling and white wines are a better match with the rich, triple cream cheeses. Try a Rhone, Rioja, Chianti.

 

 

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Comments

  1. John says:

    I’ve actually been doing a lot of aged cheddar with a port lately.

    Not so good for my waistline, but, damn, is it tasty for the winter months.

  2. angela says:

    Please invite me over for snacks :) Yum!

  3. MommaKiss says:

    smoked gouda. yum. I add almonds a lot, because it’s what we keep in the house.

    and, um, you’re supposed to “sip” sparkly wine? i had no idea #gulp

  4. Jen says:

    I want to have a wine and cheese party… but just for me. I am not too good at sharing.

  5. Julie says:

    Yummy! That’s what I’d call delicious. Thanks for the idea, I think we’ll need to go to a winery on the weekend with my husband:) I really like the taste of cheese and wine together.

  6. Hi Rachel,
    Truly delicious kind, I love to try in creating this delicious snack.. Yummy!
    Thanks.

    Lara,

  7. This sounds amazing! We’re leaving for a week away to celebrate our anniversary. I think we may just have a romantic Cheese and Wine pairing for two while we’re away. Thanks for the great ideas! One of our favorite sparkling wines is called The Chook. Check it out in your local stores. Total Wines carries it, I know.

  8. Catwoman says:

    Wine and cheese… I think it’s the best combination. Just like coffee and cigarettes.

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