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The holiday season is upon us and our social calendars are filled with holidays and events. The worst thing is when you’re enjoying a glass of wine, take some cheese from the charcuterie board, and the two things completely clash. Not only does it leave a bad taste in your mouth, but it can also change the vibe of the party. Learn from other’s mistakes and don’t have the same faux pas at your holiday soiree. Today, I’m sharing three wine and cheese pairings that go perfectly together!
The Ultimate Wine & Cheese Pairings for Your Next Holiday Soiree
First off, you need some good cheese. My go-to? Castello Cheese! They have such a wide variety and a type for every cheese lover. Castello Cheese has more than 40 cheeses with different tastes, flavors, and textures. So there’s something for everyone! Who doesn’t love variety in their cheeses? (Find Castello Cheese near you here.) I ended up getting the Creamy Havarti, Smoked Gouda, and Danish Blue cheeses. Now, onto the wine pairings!
First up, the Creamy Havarti. This cheese is a mild, aromatic and creamy cheese with a hint of tanginess.
Wine pairing: Havarti is good with red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or Merlot. If red isn’t your cup of tea and you enjoy a white, Havarti also pairs well with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Buttery Chardonnay. I paired with Cabernet Sauvignon.
The second cheese is Smoked Gouda. Smoked Gouda starts with mild and creamy Gouda cheese and is lightly smoked over hickory wood chips to create a rich, delectable smoky flavor. This cheese is my favorite!
Wine pairing: Pair a Pinot Noir with Gouda. Savory, fruit-forward wines like Merlot are also a great option for smoked cheeses.
Lastly, the Traditional Danish Blue. A fine, nutty, blue mold aroma with hints of marzipan and a soft bitterness of sourdough. In my opinion, blue cheeses are the hardest to find a wine to pair because it’s tricky.
Wine pairing: Fruity wines! Most Sauvignon Blancs, dry Rieslings and Italian whites will not clash. I picked a Sauvignon Blanc to pair with the Danish Blue Cheese.
Unless you’re having a huge event, you don’t need more than three wine and cheese pairings. If you have some Castello Cheese and want to do a little cooking, scroll through their Pinterest board for recipe inspiration. It’s nice if you have cheese leftover and don’t want it to go to waste! I’ve been looking through their recipes and have several saved for future dinner parties.
Hopefully, this saves you from a potential wine/cheese disaster! Castello Cheese makes holiday entertaining easier, with its range of flavors, making for a well-rounded taste experience. Find Castello Cheese near you for your next holiday party!
What’s your favorite wine and cheese combination? Share with me in a comment below!