Tips for a pleasing wine pairing
One thing to remember when choosing a wine pairing for your cheese: there's no one right answer. There are certainly some mistakes that the tips below can help you avoid, but part of the fun of wine and cheese pairing is experimenting until you find something you like. Of course, that means you'll have to consume a lot of wine and cheese along the way – sorry to break it to you like that.
Tip #1 for cheese and wine pairing: match intensity. Big, bold, older wines need big-flavored cheeses, while younger and more subtle varietals do best with younger milder cheeses.
Tip #2: complement or contrast textures. A rich, creamy cheese blends beautifully with buttery, oaky white wines, but the bright bubbles of a sparkling wine can be a welcome contrast to the density of a soft cheese.
Tip #3: consider the salt. Salt in cheese brings out flavors in wine just as it does in food. When selecting a wine pairing for a salty cheese, consider a rich fruit wine like a zinfandel or syrah – the salt in the cheese will bring out the sweetness in the wine, while the wine will balance out the saltiness of the cheese.
Tip #4: when in doubt, go for nuts. When you don't have a strong feeling about which cheese is best, go for a firm, nutty cheese like swiss, gouda or emmenthaler. These cheeses have enough fats to match the tannins in red wines, and enough sophisticated nuance to pair well with delicate whites.