Few food combinations are as iconic and enticing as wine and cheese. But what is it that makes them so good together, exactly? Keep reading to discover the answer.
One of the key reasons that wine and cheese work so well together is that they have complementary flavors.
Wine can bring out cheese flavors that might otherwise be missed, while cheese can help to balance out some of the more aggressive flavors in wine.
For example, a sharp cheese can help to tone down the tannins in a bold red wine, while a light-bodied white wine can help to brighten up a mild, creamy cheese.
French scientists have provided a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. According to them, wine tannins enlarge the fatty molecules found in cheese (known as lipids), a process that masks the astringent flavor of tannins.
Another way that cheese and wine make such a classic combination is that they’re often grown and produced in the same regions.
This emphasizes an important point about wine: More than a beverage, wine is a total cultural experience that involves the senses but also our mind and intellect.
For example, if you’re enjoying a French cheese like Brie or Camembert, pairing it with a French wine like a red Bordeaux or a white Sancerre can be a great way to bring out the best flavors in both while learning more
A Versatile Combination
Despite the fact that certain wines and cheeses may be more commonly associated with one another, there are actually very few hard and fast rules when it comes to putting together a successful pairing.
That’s because both wine and cheese are incredibly versatile in terms of their flavor profiles, meaning that a strong wine can be balanced out by a milder cheese, and vice versa.
So don’t be afraid to experiment with different pairings until you find the perfect one for you.
More than just flavor, wine is a total sensory experience.
A beautifully arranged cheese plate presented with a glass of fine wine stimulates the vision as much as it pleases the mouth!
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