If you are looking for a great way to bring a touch a class to your Holiday gathering this year, consider serving up a wine and cheese platter. Pairing wines, cheeses, and fruits is traditional, as their tastes and textures are quite complimentary. Lets get fancy, Deco & Bloom style, with Holiday Wine and Cheese Pairings.
Late Harvest Vidal & Brie or Roquefort – Late harvest Vidals are a thick, sweet wines, with strong flavors. They pair well with creamy and salty cheeses, like a nice brie or roquefort. Serve along with a lightly salted cracker or hard biscuit for spreading the cheese for an extremely classy appetizer.
Riesling Icewine & Blue Cheese – Much like the Vidal, Icewines are very sweet, full flavored wines, and as such they go well with a strongly flavored cheese. The powerful taste and aroma of blue cheese will bring out the full depth of flavor of the Icewine, and serving them with fruit makes for an excellent light dessert.
Champagne & Mild Cheddars – Always a tradition around Holiday season, there are many different varieties of Champagne. The type of cheese that you pair it with will depend greatly on the type of Champagne served, but for the holidays, where a sharp, bright Champagne is traditional, hard cheeses are best. A mild English cheddar, minimally aged, will greatly enhance the natural flavors of the wine.
Pino Noir & Camembert – Pino Noir is a dark wine, with a distinct flavor that is considered to be fruit forward. A light, creamy cheese makes for a good pairing, as it will not overwhelm the subtle hints of flavor in the wine. Camembert is a soft, spreadable cow cheese with a mild flavor that is best served on a mild cracker to add a light crunch.
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