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POSTED: 10/9/2017 2:38:00 PM

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When you love cheese as much as we do then you start to build up a knowledge of what flavours of cheese go with what flavours of wine. This is called a pairing, now if you're not too good with pairings you're in luck. We have a guide here for you follow or use as a rough guide.

1) When deciding on your pairing, you need to firsty choose which element is the lead? Are you choosing the wine to complement the cheese or the cheese to complement the wine? Do you have one already or are you open to suggestion on both?

2) Choosing what goes with what, really isnt that difficult. It's actually quite scientific as to how it works. Where opposites really do attract! But don't feel constraint to match your favourite wine and your favourite cheese just because they don't match on paper, you might be very suprised as to just how well they do work together.

3) Balance is key, if you stick to a balance you can't go far wrong. Matching mild cheeses to softer wines, strong cheeses to strong wines and so on..

4) Naturally, fruity wines pair very well with cheeses over other wines. However that doen't mean you're stuck with just the fruity kind. For bottles of red try; Zinfindel or fruity Syrahs are often great pairs to a nice soft cheese. Whereas for White try; a nice Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer or Riesling to match your stronger cheeses.

5) When you begin your taste session to decided what goes with what, start with the milder wines and milder cheese and work your way up to the strongest pair in finaly. When in doubt, go by age as a mild flavour usually represents a younger wine or a younger cheese.

6) As you get to the fun bit which is tasting all the delicious wines and cheeses. Make sure your pallet is clear and clean so you can really knuckle down on those individual aromas and flavours. Follow the pattern Wine - Cheese - Wine. This way you can taste the wine to begin with, establishing a clear taste of the wine. Followed by a small wedge of your chosen cheese, use your tongue to push this around your mouth and dont forget to breath to really taste the depths of the cheese. Finally, follow the cheese with another sipple of your wine, this will spread around your pallet over the cheese and give you the paired taste together. Is it earthy? Does the cheese outweigh the wine or vice versa? What are the main flavours of both aspects and how do they work or not work together?

7) Record down your findings as im sure, like anyone (including myself) that has tried this has then gone back to try a previous pairing. Record down your findings using a score out of ten, record the wine, record the cheese and then record the two together. You might have the right cheese but the wrong wine, do no panic, you will simply have to try some more!



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