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)
~ La Tur
~ Aged Gouda
~ Monte Enebro
During the winter season, I like to add the following to my cheese plates…
~ Fig jam (picture above from Whole Foods- delicious!)
~ Dried cranberries and pomegranate seeds
~ Fresh pomegranate
~ Fresh figs
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.