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Red or white wine ?

Usually, red wine comes along with the cheeseboard but it doesn’t always make the perfect match. White wines are better with most of the cheeses, such as goat and blue cheeses.

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Cheese and drinks pairings

Red or white wine ?

Usually, red wine comes along with the cheeseboard but it doesn’t always make the perfect match. White wines are better with most of the cheeses, such as goat and blue cheeses.

Soft ripened cheeses with strong taste combine well with sweet white wines (Riesling or Gewürztraminer) and pressed cooked cheeses with fruity white wines. The taste of ripened goat cheeses is enhanced by a Sauvignon blanc or a Sancerre, both white wines with dry tones.

Even camemberts and bries can be enjoyed with these white wines.

If you really prefer a red wine, the lightest and less tannic it is, the better it will match with cheeses.Thanks to a Beaujolais or red Côtes du Rhône, cheeses will keep their strength.

To be sure, the best thing to remember is to choose a cheese and a wine form the same region. A raclette cheese goes perfectly with a white wine from Savoie.Also the stronger is the cheese, the full-bodied the wine must be.

Champagne, cider and beers, a sparkling idea !

Eating cheeses with Champagne is surprising but the bubbles captivate the palate and therefore enhance the taste of cheese. The Champagne is the right wine when you are looking for flavours and authenticity.

Why not try a camembert or brie with a sparkling white wine ?
Also ciders and beers combine well with many cheeses. Along with choosing cheese and wines from the same region, a beer is traditionally from the North of France, a region also well known for their strong tasting cheeses, such as Epoisse and Maroilles. Cherry flavoured beers enhance the taste of a Roquefort. Pressed cooked cheeses are also good partners for beers.

The list below is quick reminder for a perfect wine and cheese combination.

CHEESESMILKMERCI CHEFWHITE WINERED WINESPARKLING
Mozzarella and fresh cheesesCowBourgogne-aligoté, Mâcon, Chablis, SaumurPinot noir, Beaujolais
Roquefort and blue cheesesCow / SheepSauternes, Coteaux-du-layon, Montbazillac, Bordeaux, Banyuls Rivesaltes, Maury, PortoDark beer, Beer with red fruits
Brie, Camembert, Coulommiers CowCamembert 240g, 125g, portions, 100g Sauvignon, Sancerre, White Pinot Beaujolais, Gamay d’Anjou, Black Pinot Champagne, Crémant de Loire
Ripened and traditional goat cheesesGoatGoat DUO log 180g Sancerre, Chablis, Muscadet Anjou, Bourgogne, Chinon Lager
Fresh goat cheeses Goat Bûchette Plain 125g and 110g, Goat pyramide 140g Mâcon, Pouilly Fumé, Sancerre Blanc, Vouvray sec Black Pinot, Beaujolais
Beaufort, Gruyère, Comté CowGivry, Chardonnay, Mâcon, Château-Chalon, Côtes Jura Abbey beer
Brebis de Pyrénées, Ossau Iraty  Sheep / Goat Goat wedges 200g, Goat slices 150g, Goat cubes 120g Jurançon Moelleux, Jurançon sec, Côtes du Roussillon Cahors, Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Roussillon, Médoc
Saint-Nectaire, Saint-Paulin CowBourgogne
Munster, Pont-l’évèque, Epoisses CowGewurtztraminer, AOC Alsace-Muscat, Chablis, White Pinot Abbey beer, Cider

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