Red Wine and Cheese?

Red Wine and Cheese?

Maybe not the Best Pairing

 

For the longest time, it has been said that red wine pairs best with cheese, however, this might very well be all wrong. According to an article in the Times of India, white wine tends to be a better match for cheese, researchers say.

As it turns out, white wine, which is mellower than red as well as versatile, is a better pair for cheeses. Usually at a dinner party, or gathering, cheeses that aren’t that strong are served as to not overwhelm guests with strong and bold flavors, pair these with different white whines. There’s a hidden rule that you shouldn’t mix creamy cheeses with red wine, it’s a wine and cheese no-no. A lot of red wines have strong flavors and spicy undertones that don’t go with cheeses that don’t have such characteristics. For example, red wines usually pair better with blues such as Roquefort and Camembert. The flavor of cheese gets lost in the mix with red wine quite often as red wine overpowers the taste of the cheese.  

If you are to pair wine it should be about balancing the flavors. Red wine has a tendency to be rather bitter, so pairing cheeses that are a little bitter works better if you are to choose a red. Whites usually have a subtle bitterness but can also be very sweet, which can easily balance the flavors in different cheeses. Pairing wine and cheese should never be about contrasting flavors but they should complement one another and undertones of white wine lends itself to a wide array of flavors.