By Freya Ensbey.
There are great pairings throughout history which were
undoubtedly made for each other. Romeo and Juliet, basil and tomato and of
course, in our opinion, possibly the greatest pairing of all time, cheese and
Although most naturally enjoy their glass of wine with a
side of cheese and crackers, many are yet to master the talent of perfectly pairing
a wine with its ideal cheese partner. Whether you begin with your preferred
cheese first or your favourite bottle of wine, choosing the accompanying other
is easy if you follow these tried and tested ground rules.
When pairing a wine and cheese, a golden rule to follow is,
if it grows together, it goes together. If you can find a locally made wine and
a locally made cheese then chances are the two are likely to go together, given
the proximity of ingredients thriving in similar seasonality, which has gone
If matching a cheese for red wine, a safe bet is to opt for
something with equal intensity. Stronger intensity wines like Merlot, Shiraz
and Cabernet Sauvignon will pair back well with a harder cheese like cheddar,
Gouda, aged cow cheeses and Edam.
Softer and more subtle drops will go well with softer cheese.
Think Riesling, Champagne and Chardonnay for soft cheese like brie, camembert
and blue varieties.
It is recommended to serve cheese on an empty stomach,
either as a starter before a main meal or as an early afternoon delight to
stimulate the appetite. It is best to serve the cheese with only dry crackers
or bread, this will eliminate the overcrowding of flavours and make sure each
mouthful of cheese is enjoyed in all its simplicity.
Once you have chosen your cheese and wine match made in heaven,
take the cheese out of the fridge so it can reach room temperature half an hour
before you are going to serve it. Begin by taking a small amount of cheese in
the mouth, take a sip of wine, take a bite of cheese and then take another sip
of wine. This will enhance the taste of both on the palate, complementing the
corresponding flavours and making sure one element is not overpowered by the
Selections from Tasmanian Gourmet Online.
To make things easier for you we have picked our top
pairings to serve up at your next cheesy wine down. Opt for a hamper delivered
to your very own front door by Tasmanian
Gourmet Online, with the Tasmanian
Cheese Selection hamper, which offers a selection of both soft and hard
cheese like a Coal River Farm Triple Cream Brie, Wicked Cheese Camembert, Bay
of Fires Semi Hard, Classic Crackers South Cape and Island Berries Quince
Paste. This will pair nicely with a bottle of Sparkling
Chardonnay from Garbin
Estate which has been bottled using methode traditionelle, and hosts lots
of bubbles with a hint of sweetness.
For a smooth and subtle red, opt for the 2016 di Lusso Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, with tasting notes of blackcurrant, dark
cherry and sweet vanilla oak, this will hum harmoniously with the mild
smokiness of Ashgrove
Smoked Cheddar from Ashgrove
Tasmanian Farm online.
For added inspiration, why not take a visit to one of the wineries around your
area to sample what your region has to offer during wine harvest season and
hand select your favourite bottle from the cellar door.