What is a good cheese for a Chardonnay pairing?
Chardonnay pairs easily with lots of different cheeses. Crisp light chardonnays do well with mild, semi-soft cheeses. Moderately oaked chardonnays can take on the buttery quality of creamy cheeses or alpine-style varieties. Heavily oaked Chardonnays match best with the big flavors of cheddar, washed-rind, or parmesan cheese.
Why do cheese and wine go together?
People have been pairing cheese and wine together for centuries. Recent scientific inquiries suggest that the creamy feel of cheese and the acidity of wine create a pleasant taste combination in the mouth.
What are some tips for wine and cheese pairing?
The basic principles of matching cheese and wine are the same, whether it's a chardonnay pairing, a riesling pairing, or a cabernet sauvignon pairing. Bold wines pair well with bold cheeses. Salty cheeses do well with sweet wines, and wine and cheese from the same region tend to go together. Bloomy or stinky cheeses are nicely balanced by a sweet wine. And you can choose to contrast or complement the texture of wines and cheese.