The acidity, alcohol, sweetness and tannin in wine complement the fattiness of cheese. Just remember to match flavour intensities for a perfect pairing.
Wine with cheese
Wine and cheese is one of life’s ultimate pairings. And there’s some science behind it. Cheese is high in fat. Meanwhile, wine has acidity, alcohol, sweetness and tannin – all of which can help to balance it.
In short, cheese and wine complement each other. But that’s not to say every cheese will pair with every wine. Just as there is an array of wine styles, from dry reds to sweet whites, there are many different cheese types. Creamy and acidic, oozy and rich, hard and nutty, pungent and blue: each one goes best with a different style of wine.
Generally, the stronger the flavour of the cheese, the bolder the wine you want to drink with it. But when matching with a particular wheel or wedge, you need to be mindful of your bottle’s specific characteristics, from tannin to sweetness.
We’ve delved into the pairing ‘rules’ below, but if in doubt, choose a wine made in the same region as your cheese. Foods and wines made in the same areas usually go very well with one another.