Holiday Wine Picks Part III: Cheese

Welcome to the Holidays, continuing on with part 3 of our Holiday Wine Picks, we are rolling out our holiday wine parings for cheese.

Very popular and found at almost every holiday get together, cheese is a perfect appetizer and wonderful with wine. Picking cheeses can be hard enough, don’t know which wine to choose can be even tougher, that's why the staff at We Speak Wine developed our holiday wine guide for cheese.

There are several different styles of cheese, we break things down into 4 different types.

Hard Aged Cheeses:

Hard aged cheese come in many varities some being:Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana padano, Aged Cheddars, Aged Gouda, Asiago, Dry Jack:

What to pair with:

We love Tannic reds and robust whites, but sweeter wines can compliment saltier varieties of aged cheeses.

Semi-Hard, and Slightly Aged Cheeses:

A bit stronger taste but not pungent or extremely sharp, examples include:Asiago (fresh), Beaufort, Caciotta, Cantal, Cheddar, Edam, Gruyere, Idiazabal, Leyden, Mahon, Manchego, Swiss.

What to pair with:

medium bodied white wines, lighter reds that are fruit forward will pair well.

Semi-Soft Cheeses:

There are many semi-soft cheeses avaiable that are great for snacking and enjoying with wine. Some varieties inlcude Bel Paese, Caciovavallo, California jack, Gouda, Havarti, Muenster, and more.

What to pair with:

Rose, sparkling wines, and bright, crisp white wines with notes of fruit or citrus will be delightful. For the more pungent a sweeter wine like Gewurztraminer can pair well.

Blue Cheeses:

Blue cheeses are unique, often pungent and with a strong distinct flavor. Varities you may enjoy include Gorgonzola, Saga blue, Stilton, Bleu d'Auvergne and Valdeon.

What to pair with:

Because of their Bold and often salty taste, we prefer to pair them with sweet reds and port wines.

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