Is there more heavenly match made anywhere than a cheese and wine pairing? When these two meet, cheese brings nutty, tangy flavors with fat, salt and protein, perfectly balanced by the sugar, acidity, and tannins in the wine. The result: a wonderful blossoming of aromas and flavor notes that you just can't find when tasting wine and cheese by themselves.
For most people, however, choosing the "right" cheese and wine pairing feels a bit daunting. And if you're preparing a cheese and wine pairing for guests, the task can be a little nerve-racking.
Here in Wisconsin, we are always working to give our cheese the partners it deserves, so we've done a lot of wine and cheese pairing in our search for amazing flavor combinations. You'll find pairing suggestions for edam, Emmentaler, romano, ricotta, and all of our cheeses on our website, or scroll down to pick up some handy tips on what goes into the perfect cheese and wine pairing.
Here are a few suggestions for a cheese and wine pairing that will make any Wisconsin artisan cheesemaker proud.
Some science suggests that a cheese and wine pairing works because the fat and salt content in the cheese is countered by the astringency of the line to create a compelling and balanced taste combination in the mouth. Cheese helps to moderate the acidity of the wine, while wine helps to clean the palate from the fat in the cheese.
Sparkling wines are best paired with creamy, sticky cheeses like muenster, camembert or brie – the high acidity and carbonation of the wine helps to cleanse the palate of these rich cheeses.
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Wisconsinites love wine pairings almost as much as cheese, and any wine certainly loves Wisconsin cheeses. That's because our cheesemakers really know what they're doing. We've been making cheese in Wisconsin for more than 175 years, so we've had a lot of practice at mastering traditions and developing new innovations. Maybe that's why we've won so many awards – 5,552 to be exact, more than any other state or country on earth.
So, whether you're deciding on pairings for a wine and cheese party or putting together or picking wines to go with a Wisconsin cheese gift, you can be sure that Wisconsin will always hold up its side of any cheese and wine pairing.
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In Wisconsin, we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world. We believe in tradition, producing everything from Italian classics, like parmesan and ricotta, to swiss cheese and cheddar varieties. But every Wisconsin cheesemaker is an innovator as well, which is why we have so many Wisconsin originals, like colby and muenster. Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, potatoes au gratin, or a charcuterie board, Wisconsin cheese makes every dish and recipe tastier.