Do you love cheese, all kinds of cheeses? Well that is exactly how we feel and why we are celebrating that today is National Cheese Lover Day. From stinky to tangy to creamy there are over 900 varieties of cheese, all classified by texture. So why not take a few moments for yourself and enjoy a tray of your favorite cheese paired with wine or champagne?
Champagne and sparkling wine in a general sense pair well with buttery and earthy foods. Some of our favorite cheeses o pair are consequently triple-cream soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert. Baby Swiss with its lightly nutty and much more buttery flavor than aged Swiss, is a natural partner as is whole-milk Gouda.
When you’re not sipping champagne consider your other options including Spain’s cava, Italy’s prosecco or, of course, Californian sparkling wine. There are a few differences, mostly depending on the dryness of the wine. Brut Champagnes are the driest. If you’re drinking Italian, remember that prosecco is drier and Asti spumante is sweeter while being made with moscato grapes. So the best cheese to eat with prosecco are the creamier varieties…although prosecco and Parmesan is a renowned pairing. We’d recommend a Gorgonzola-style blue cheese paired with Asti spumante to offset its sweetness.
Champagne and sparkling wine are not just for New Year’s celebrations. We love to enjoy a glass whenever we are toasting a special celebration and it goes excellently paired with food. White wines tend to pair better with more foods, especially drier whites have more acidity and a little bit of sugar. Also important are the bubbles, carbonation in the wine which act as palate cleansers. We’d recommend Luxury Cartizze DOCG by Mionetto. This bottle of prosecco boasts luminous golden highlights that are fluted by a near-endless, delicate bead of tiny bubbles. A majestic, multi-faceted bouquet releases impressions of apple and pear, alongside notes of citrus and glazed almond. On the palate it is crisp, well-balanced, and elegant.
Founded in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto in the small village of Valdobbiadene, Mionetto has an established reputation for quality, traditionand innovation. In the heart of the Prosecco region, Mionetto produces exceptional wines with consistent national and international acclaim. Other delicious pairings if you’re looking for something besides cheese are as follows:
- Fish and Seafood: Try shrimp, oysters, smoked salmon (especially at brunch). While caviar, lobster, and crab legs, whose richness along with melted butter is balanced by sparkling wine’s acidity and bubbles.
- Pasta and Risotto: Cheese and cream sauces work best with the sparkling wine and champagne. Mushroom based sauces work particularly well is a great match with earthy fungi. Avoid tomato based sauces which naturally are acidic.
- Fruits: Almost all berries pair well with a dry sparkling wine or champagne, especially strawberries, raspberries and stone fruits like peaches or plums.
- Other: Salami, proscuitto, and other cured meats; raw or roasted nuts (especially almonds), foie gras, salty bites (olives, popcorn and potato chips)
Remember, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to enjoy a delicious pairing with family and friends! The right choice of foods (including cheese, of course) and a little attention to style details will make your wine and cheese celebration a huge success.