What is the best cheese for merlot pairing?
Merlot is a very versatile wine when it comes to pairing with cheeses. Many varieties do quite nicely with merlot, though semi-hard cheeses with salty, nutty flavors tend to be favorites.
Why do cheese and wine pair well together?
Scientists have learned that alternating astringent foods with creamier foods creates a pleasant taste combination in the mouth. The astringency of the wine balances the creamy fat content in cheese, resulting in an attractive sensation.
What are some general tips for pairing cheese and wine?
Whether you're choosing a cheese for a merlot pairing, Chardonnay pairing, or a Malbec pairing, the idea is pretty much the same. Match cheese and wine with similar intensity; for example, bold wines love big-flavored cheeses. Try to match the texture of the wine and cheese or to sharply contrast it. Remember that stinky cheeses and salty cheeses are well balanced by a sweeter wine. And wine and cheese from the same geographic region are often a perfect pairing.