It’s so pleasurable to enjoy cheese with a glass of wine at the beginning or close of the meal. However, I personally don’t see why cheeses have to be married with specific wines. I mean, there are a lot of wines out there. And, it would be folly to match up a cheese with an individual wine.
Red or White Wine for Which Cheese?
If we are to try to match up a certain wine to a certain cheese, then a fruity white wine with some acid is best. Inevitable, it becomes the best overall choice for a few good reasons. This is because some cheeses and some red wines don’t work well together at all. For instance, dry red wine like the Cabernet Sauvignon do not work at all with blue cheeses. This combination just makes the wine taste metallic.
Also, dry reds tend to dominate more delicate cheeses like feta or goat’s. Because of this, my conclusion is that fine white wines go very well with many kinds of cheese except blues. In fact, bottles like Rieslings and Gewürztraminers are pretty good choices with a wide array of cheeses.
Wine or Cheese, What Comes First?
In reality, whites don’t work when they are fairly bland and the cheese is very aromatic and rich too.
Light-to-medium bodied red wines or rosés, however, have some good match-ups. They take quite well to non-blue cheeses. However, the more fat content in the cheese, the less well these reds hold up.
When it comes to blues, sweet dessert wines are best. These wines enhance the pungent aromas, the richness and the fat of such cheeses.