Cooking Wright with Donna: Do you want some cheese with that wine?

Hi Foodie Friends,

Pumpkins, apples, cheese.  Who doesn’t love cheese?  Fall is here, and cheese fits in just like a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It’s known that there are seasonal cheeses out there.  Fall happens to be my favorite season and my favorite time to cook.  Ever heard the expression, “do you want some cheese with that wine?”  Why yes, I do!

The Fall season just brings a feeling of warmth to your home.  Your comfort foods, the smell of apple pies, sweaters and cowl necks. Yes, I love a good cowl neck sweater.  Entertaining friends and family with spiked Apple Cider or nice glass of Chianti.  I’m a red wine lover, although during the summer it’s not the best when it’s 90 degrees outside.  Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a nice glass of red with your favorite cheese.  Let’s get started.

If you are entertaining friends, a simple cheese platter with an array of cheeses and fruits.  Since it is apple season and time for picking, Honey Crisp Apples go great with an Aged Gouda.  A Golden Delicious apple with an Aged Cheddar or a Macintosh with Blue Cheese.  Cranberries and figs can be added in for some color and flavor.

Nuts is another great accessory to an ultimate cheese platter.  Almonds, Pecans and Walnuts are in season this time of year.

Now onto the wine….

The best part about your Cheese Platter is the wine you will be pairing them with.   Here are some ideas to consider when pairing wines with cheeses.  Although it can be complicated don’t stress too much.  It is wine.  There’s no stressing when it comes to wine.

Bleu Cheese and Brie pairs ever so nicely with your sweet guests.  Sweet wines such as a Riesling or Moscato brings all delightfulness out of the cheese.  Riesling was my first sweet wine I really enjoyed.

Then there’s your fresh and soft cheeses. Brie, mozzarella or feta pairs exceptionally good with a Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Riesling.   These  wines have a berry or fruity taste which these cheeses love and taste great.

Now let’s move onto your semi hard cheeses.  Cheddar, Gruyère, even a simple cheese like Monterey Jack.  This is where a Pinot Noir, Merlot or a nice Red Burgundy pairs ever so gently and smooth.  Don’t be afraid of your red wines, they are my favorite.

My favorite red is a good Cabernet Sauvignon.  Nothing pairs better than your hard aged cheeses.   Aged Cheddar, Pecorino, Parmesan Reggiano or Aged Gouda.  Delish!  One of my favorite pairings of all wines and cheeses. Cabernet tends to have a bite to it.  All the merrier.

Last but not least.  Champagne.  We all have a champagne drinker in your circle of friends.  The mild cheese such as a mild cheddar, Colby or even a Gouda will pop their pallet followed a swig of champagne.

There is one rule for all cheese and wine pairing enthusiast.  Have fun, experiment.  It’s always fun to host a Wine and Cheese Party.  Here’s a few ideas for your Wine and Cheese Party table.

Enjoy your tastings! Be sure to tell me what pairings are YOUR favorite, I’d love to hear from you.

The opinions expressed by Donna Wright and Cooking Wright with Donna are not representative of the Ballston Journal Online, it’s staff or parent company NewzMedia Holdings LLC.

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I’m a Realtor’s Wife and Mom of three girls. I love to cook and wine is my best friend. Come into my kitchen and let me share wonderful, home cooked recipes with you. And wine of course.


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